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Russian jet also violated Israeli airspace

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ANT KATZ

The jet had turned back when Russia was informed of its mistake, Yaalon said during the radio interview.

“Russian planes do not intend to attack us, which is why we must not automatically react and shoot them down when an error occurs,” Yaalon said a week after Turkey downed a Russian jet that it said repeatedly violated Turkish airspace.

Israeli and Russian officials met in September to co-ordinate after Russia announced it would operate in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A year ago, Israeli forces shot down a Syrian warplane that penetrated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights. – JTA

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