The IDF rejected Russian claims that Israel is to blame for shooting down the Russian plane or that Israel Air Force pilots used the Russian aircraft as cover during their mission. Be the first to know – Join our Facebook page. “The IAF did not hide behind any plane and Israeli fighter jets were in Israeli airspace when the Syrians attacked the Russian plane,” the statement said. Calling for the continuation of the current deconfliction mechanism between the IDF and the Russian military, which the statement described as ”a common interest when facing the different challenges in the region,” the IDF inquiry report also states that “providing irresponsible parties with advance weapon systems is a danger to the region.”


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