Israel shoots down Syrian drone with Patriot missile

Israel 'not ruling out' eventual ties with Syria's Assad

"In recent weeks we are prepared for the possibility of Israeli sovereignty being violated as a result of the fighting in Syria", Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Ronen Manelis said.

Asked by a reporter if he anticipated a time when the Quneitra crossing would be reopened under the UN-monitored armistice between Israel and Syria, and whether the two old enemies could establish "some kind of relationship", Lieberman said: "I reckon we are a long way from that, but we are not ruling out anything".

"It's clear that our focus is on Syria and Iran", the prime minister added of the Wednesday evening meeting. The Netanyahu government is detemined to keep fighters loyal to Assad and to Iran out of the Syrian Golan border area near Israel.

The firing of a Patriot missile at the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) triggered rocket sirens in Israel's Golan Heights and Jordan Valley regions, and shortly after videos appeared on social media showing a trial of white smoke in the sky over Israel.

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Israel held out the prospect of eventual contact with Syria under President Bashar al-Assad's rule, in a nod to pro-government forces recapturing most territories held by rebels over the seven-year-old civil war that Israeli officials had initially predicted would topple him. An Israeli warplane was shot down during the reprisal. Russian Federation also has maintained warm ties with Israel and demonstrated a readiness to take its security concerns into account.

Russia, another top key ally of Assad, has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country.

Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also left for Moscow on Wednesday for a meeting with Putin. On July 6, Israel struck a Syrian post that it said had shelled the Golan buffer zone. It is for Trump to accept Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula and East Ukraine and lift the sanctions imposed on it while allowing Putin to control Syria, and in exchange Putin expels the Iranians and their followers from Syria thus granting Netanyahu a historic victory.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale published Wednesday that Moscow hopes that Israel and Iran will both display caution and avoid a showdown. "In that context, we rely on peaceful diplomatic means to resolve any differences and expect both sides to show restraint".

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