Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan

Israeli forces look out over the border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria

"We have proved that before and we will prove it again in the future", Katz said.

However, even if the agreement between the major parties succeeds in suspending the fighting, we must be anxious of the indicators of a new phase of regional confrontations inside and outside Syria. In order to end it, the American and Russian presidents discussed the issue in Vietnam and seemed to agree that the military solution had failed and that there should be a "peaceful solution". A US official who requested anonymity said the joint statement shows both leaders back a political solution and peace process. If it hadn't been for Russia's air support, Iran's militias would not have expanded and would not have even survived defeat. It's also the country with the most military activity in Syria. The U.S. official said additional agreements with Jordan had strengthened one zone in the south.

Israel fired a Patriot missile at a unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was headed into Israeli airspace from Syria on Shabbos morning. "A UAV that approached the Golan Heights border was intercepted by a Patriot system", said the IDF Spokesperson's Unit in a statement.

The Israeli military did not provide any immediate evidence that the drone was Russian-made or belonged to Syria.

According to reports, the deal includes Iranian proxies fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, which would be required to leave the border area and eventually Syria.

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The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been building for a long presence for its forces and militias of foreign fighters in the areas under its control, and which extend to about 50 km on the borders of Israel in the Golan.

Like the rest of the region, Israel underestimated in the beginning the Iranian infiltration in Syria. Israel has been closely watching Iran's involvement in the war in neighboring Syria.

Israel has launched strikes inside Syrian territory in response.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel viewed Saturday's drone incident gravely and would respond to any provocation.

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