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Oct 25, 2018 | 16:42 GMT

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Syria: Israeli Defense Minister Rejects Limitations on Air Strikes

What Happened: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel would not accept Russian demands for limiting its operations in Syria and giving additional warning before conducting air strikes, The Times of Israel reported Oct. 25.

Why It Matters: Tensions between Israel and Russia remain high after the accidental downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian friendly fire following an Israeli air strike on Sept. 17. Israel's decision to disregard Russia's concerns could increase the risk of another accident, potentially causing further escalation.

Background: Coordination between Israel, Russia and the United States has avoided accidents in the past. However, the downing of the Russian reconnaissance plane has strained this arrangement, as Russia deployed its S-300 air defense system in response to deter Israel from striking specific Syrian targets.

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