'Game is over' as Moscow summons Israeli ambassador

Israel reportedly launches strike on Syria as tensions rise

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador in Moscow to demand explanations for the airstrikes Israel conducted near the Syrian city of Palmyra last week, the ministry confirmed. Earlier on Monday, media reported that Koren was summoned for a second time.

Israel says forces loyal to Syrian dictator Assad (pictured) fired missiles at some of their jets during the raids.

Also on Sunday, Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in an interview with Israel Radio threatened to take out Syrian air defense systems.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, vowed to continue to carry out attacks in Syria against weapons shipments that it believes to be bound for Hezbollah.

Speaking on a Syrian TV channel, Bashar Ja'afari, the country's permanent representative at the United Nations, said that Israel's freedom to act in Syria's skies is over, referring to the claim that the Syrian army shot down an Israeli fighter jet last week. Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF Aerial Defense Systems intercepted one of the missiles. Israel said it shot down one of the interceptors with its Arrow long-range SAMs.

The Israeli analysts pointed out that Syria President Bashar Assad is directly supported by Hezbollah, Iran and Russian Federation and feels that he can intensify the confrontation with the Zionist entity.

The air strikes on Friday prompted retaliatory Syrian missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the war began six years ago. Those attacks haven't been challenged by Syria, for the most part.

But as the fighting tips in the Assad government's favor, Israeli officials have expressed concern that Iran and Hezbollah may gain a permanent foothold in Syria and possibly establish a presence along the border in the Golan Heights.

Mitnick is a special correspondent.

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