Syrian air defense blocks Israeli spy plane

Israel later claimed that it had launched those assaults after it intercepted an "Iranian drone" launched from Syria, an accusation rejected by Tehran as "ridiculous".

Israel has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Syrian armed forces and their allies since the civil war broke out in 2011.

Israel threatens to "bite hard" after downing of its fighter jet in Syria Tel Aviv has vowed to defend its interests without any limitations in the wake of heightened tensions with Tehran over the recent strikes in Syria.

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

Earlier in her remarks, Haley called the incursion of the drone from Syria, "an egregious and unprompted escalation".

In this regard, Iran will spare no effort to spread peace and security in the region by all its means, he said, adding, "nowadays, regional countries are grappling with insecurity and instability in a way that Iran is ready to make use of its power in line with fighting against terrorism which has jeopardized stability of regional countries to a great extent". "The worldwide community mustn't stand idly by as the Iranian threat grows rampant", he wrote.

Officially, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus has issued a "No comment" on the question. "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's mask has been removed". "Iran is dragging the region into an adventure and will pay the price for it".

"The road to peace will come when all of the parties stop provoking each other, and choose the responsible path", Haley said.

Vanessa Coleman