The Israeli military said it shot down an unmanned aircraft above the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights, a plateau that’s become more volatile with Syrian rebels’ gains and confrontations with United Nations peacekeepers.
Hours before a Patriot missile brought down the aircraft, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that his country was ready to combat threats to its security on all fronts, including the Golan. At Israel’s first cabinet meeting since an Aug. 26 truce ending 50 days of Gaza Strip fighting, the prime minister said he hoped “the quiet that has been restored will continue to prevail for a long time.
‘‘But we are ready for any scenario, not just on that front, but also other fronts, including the Golan,’’ he said. Israel captured the southern section of the plateau from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it 14 years later in a move that isn’t internationally recognized.