Russian Federation says Syrian government officials will attend Geneva peace talks

Fighters of the Shiite Hezbollah terror group attend the funeral of a comrade who died in combat in Syria in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta

Though the Israeli military has denied any of its fighter jets were shot down, it did say Friday that it had intercepted several anti-aircraft missiles.

Israel fired its Arrow interceptor missile to knock down one of the surface-to-air rockets headed for its territory, forcing the nation's army to issue a rare confirmation that it had carried out an attack inside Syria.

According to the nrg news site, the strikes were against targets affiliated with Hezbollah, possibly on a weapons shipment to the Shiite group, which is based in Lebanon but is fighting in Syria alongside Assad's forces against rebels and Sunni members. "We won't hesitate. Israel's security is above everything else; there will be no compromise", Lieberman said.

"We have no interest in interfering in the Syrian civil war, not for nor against (President Bashar) Assad, and we have no interest in clashing with the Russians", Liberman said. Gen. Herzi Halevy, their military intelligence chief, publicly declared that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war, and prefers ISIS over the Assad government.

He said he believed Assad responded more strongly this time because he feels increasingly confident.

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"He is trying to change the rules".

He reiterated what Israel calls its "red lines", including not allowing advanced weapons to be supplied to Hezbollah and preventing the Golan Heights from being used as a front against it.

President al-Assad said that the visits of the parliamentary delegations to Syria are very important, adding that what distinguishes this visit is that it is a joint delegation from Russian Federation and Europe and therefore it provides a useful opportunity for dialogue among parliamentarians about the polices of their countries toward events in Syria.

He declined to comment in detail on how the "hotline" with Russian Federation worked but expressed confidence the two countries could continue to coordinate despite their differing interests.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the border had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began.

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