It looks that the Israeli "demonstration of power" during the recent visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu may have turned into a total failure. On October 16, Shoigu arrived in Israel for meetings with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two were reportedly set to discuss the situation in the region, including Syria, the fight against terrorism, as well as military and technical cooperation.
On the same day, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that its warplanes targeted an anti-aircraft battery of the Syrian Air Defense Forces that had launched a missile at Israeli aircraft flying over Lebanon.
"The army targeted the battery with four bombs and, according to the IDF, the battery was damaged to the extent it was no longer operational. The army said the battery targeted was the same that fired at Israeli jets last March, prompting Israel make use of its Arrow anti-missile system for the first time," the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
The Syrian military confirmed the Israeli strikes and said that they caused "material damage." But it's interesting to note that, according to the Syrian Defense Ministry statement, Israeli warplanes violated Syria's airspace on the border with Lebanon in Baalbek area. The incident took place at 8:51 am local time.