Why Weren't F-35s Used in Israel's Raids in Syria?

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Qassemi further said the legitimate government of Syria has the "legitimate and legal right to defend its national sovereignty and the country's territorial integrity in the face of any aggression", rejecting the claim about the role of Iran in that incident as "baseless".

Noting that last week pro-regime forces attacked Kurdish fighters and recently bombed civilian neighborhoods, Haley faulted the Assad regime and its supporters Iran and Hezbollah for "helping direct those atrocities".

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on February 8 that the West must ensure the nuclear deal succeeds before trying to negotiate other issues.

"The Assad regime has become a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance the irresponsible and unsafe agenda for the Middle East", she said.

"The Assad regime has become a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance the irresponsible and unsafe agenda for the Middle East".

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Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, reaffirmed Haley's remarks on Twitter, urging the global community to ensure Iran doesn't entrench itself in Syria.

"I think this again illustrates why Iran's presence in Syria is only destabilizing to the region".

According to IDF Spokesman Brig. "By failing to anticipate the threat from saturation attacks by Syrian-based air defenses - however antiquated those SA-5 and SA-17 missiles, might have been - Israel suffered not only the loss of its first fighter to enemy fire in 36 years, but a serious blow to its carefully crafted and well-earned aura of invincibility", as reported in Defense News. "Iran is dragging the region into an adventure and will pay the price for it". Two Israeli crew members were wounded after ejecting from their F-16I when they recognized that one of the enemy missiles had locked onto their jet.

Almost a week after Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria, Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman implied on Wednesday that it might continue to do so.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia traded accusations with Haley about responsibility for blocking the path to peace.

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