Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, Aug. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
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Angered by last week's U.S. attack on Syria, Russia warned that there would be consequences.If the prospect rings alarm bells among President Bashar Assad's enemies, they're likely to be loudest in Israel, not the U.S. Israel carries out airstrikes in Assad-controlled Syrian territory much more frequently than the U.S., as it seeks to prevent a military buildup near Israeli borders by Assad's other key backer, Iran.Israeli analysts and former defense officials say there's only one likely response from the Jewish state if the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems are delivered to Syria: An immediate attempt to blow them up.Last week saw the tensest standoff in decades between nuclear rivals Russia and the U.S. On the ground, American and Turkish soldiers occupy separate chunks of the country's north, while Iranians and Russians fight alongside Assad's army.Israel has carried out at least 150 bombing raids in Syria since the civil war began in 2011, according to Zvi Magen, a former Israeli ambassador in Moscow.That would extend into the airspace of Lebanon, sometimes used by Israeli planes to strike Syria – even into Israel itself.
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