Syria Confused Turkish Jet for an Israeli

Mark 13:8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

“Hardly a day goes by when our senses are not bludgeoned by some new outbreak of terrorism in the Middle East.  Despite our best efforts at making and keeping the peace, political, economic, and religious tensions often lead to unrest, violence, and riots.”

-Jim Bakker in “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse”

Syrian minister Omran al-Zubi claims the Syrian soldiers may have confused the Turkish jet they shot down, killing two Turkish flyers, for an Israeli jet. “Israeli planes are welcomed by fire.” Al-Zubi also stated the “Zionist country” was in the area, and our Syrian military is on the alert for Israeli aircraft.

Illustrative photo of a Turkish F-4 fighter jet. (photo credit: CC BY Jerry Gunner, Flickr

The Turkish and Israeli Air Forces have both purchased McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jets from the United States. However the Israeli Air Force has not used the F-4 since 2004. The Syrian/Turkish incident happened off the coast of northern Syria, about 150 miles north of Israel’s Lebanese border.

The Turkish military is in the process of building up their forces along its Syrian border with at least 15 long-range artillery pieces, tanks and armed troops. Turkish government officials called the Syrian shooting a “hostile act” and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed the Turkish military will target any Syrian military elements that approach the Turkish border.

Turkey and Syria have had good relations until March of 2011, when the Syrian revolt began. Turkey has become one of the strongest critics of the Syrian regime and has repeatedly asked for President Bashar Assad to step down.

Syria insists the reason for firing on the fighter jet was the plane violated its air space. Turkey responded saying that if the jet had unintentionally strayed into Syrian air space, it was inside international airspace when it was shot down over the Mediterranean.

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