Analysis | Rising Tensions on Syrian Border Israel Doubts Assad Possesses S-300 System, but Has Good Reason to Worry

Though no one would say the northern border is stable, the balance of deterrence has held there since 2006. But the S-300 could change that, and restrict the IAF’s freedom of action.

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Lebanese media raised the tension level in the north several degrees Thursday morning when it quoted Syrian President Bashar Assad saying Russia had already sent him the S-300 anti-aircraft system. Israeli...