Some see timing of drill as no coincidence
In what some would see as no coincidence, Israel launched its largest ever international air force exercise just a day after the Iran nuclear “deal” which has left Tel Aviv fuming.
According to the Israeli Defense Forces blog, “On Sunday, November 24, for the first time in Israel’s history, the Israel Air Force launched the “Blue Flag” training exercise – an international air force exercise with participation by the US, Italian and Greek air forces.”
The exercise will run until Thursday this week and is designed to “improve Israel’s general air defense capabilities.”
However, the drill, which involves “simulated enemy forces,” will almost certainly test Israel’s offensive mettle given that it takes place just a month after an IAF long-range flight exercise during which the IAF’s ability to fly “exceptionally long distances” was put to the test.
“We are sure it was all planned a long time ago but the irony is not lost on us,” notes Zero Hedge.
Israel responded to Sunday’s “historic” deal by vowing to do “whatever is necessary” to stop Iran from going nuclear.
Israeli officials have also visited Saudi Arabia in recent days to inspect bases that could be used to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
In a phone call to Barack Obama after the deal was struck, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the president, “it’s important to make a change in American policy because the practical result of his current policy is liable to lead him to the same failure that the Americans absorbed in North Korea and Pakistan, and Iran could be next in line,” according to a senior Israeli lawmaker in Netanyahu’s ruling coalition.
The deal with Iran halts the enrichment of uranium to below 5%, far below the 90% required to build a nuclear bomb and puts a stop to construction of any more enrichment facilities.
Netanyahu insisted that the deal “turns the world into a much scarier place,” claiming that Iran is left with enough of an infrastructure to build a nuclear bomb in future.