An alleged Russian-operated Syrian S-300 missile surface-to-air missile was fired at an Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jet for the first time. If determined that the Russians were the ones behind the attack, it would mark a significant escalation between Israel and Russia, where diplomatic relations between the country had been strained due to being on opposing sides with Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Multiple Israeli media outlets reported the incident last Monday, where S-300 missiles were fired at Israeli fighter jets last Friday. Israeli news outlet Channel 13 reported that these missiles posed no threat to the F-16s as there was no locking of the battery radars on the planes.

Regardless, it still poses more complications for Russia and Israel, where tensions had risen due to Russia’s bombing of the Babi Yar in Ukraine and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s claim that the Jews were also widely anti-Semites.

A two-ship of Israeli Air Force F-16s from Ramon Air Base, Israel, head out to the Nevada Test and Training Range, July 17 during Red Flag Exercise 09-4 (Master Sergeant Kevin J. Gruenwald, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons). Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Israeli_F-16s_at_Red_Flag.jpg
A two-ship of Israeli Air Force F-16s from Ramon Air Base, Israel, head out to the Nevada Test and Training Range on July 17, 2019, during Red Flag Exercise 09-4 (Master Sergeant Kevin J. Gruenwald, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

SOFREP previously reported on this incident. An Italian television presenter asked Lavrov about Russia’s so-called special military operation in Ukraine, where they aimed to “denazify” the country as Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish.