by: Edgar Asher
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 | Yesterday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Israel Air Force base of Nevatim, which is also a base for the recently acquired F-35 fighter, known in Israel as the Adir. The Hebrew name Adir translates as “awesome” in English. The state-of-the-art fighter is intended to replace Israel’s fleet of F-16 fighters. The plan is to buy, over time, one hundred F-35 fighters at a cost of [US] $5 billion.
The prime minister, who also holds the folio of defense minister, held security discussions at Nevatim with IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Chief-of-Staff Lt.-General Aviv Kochavi and Israel Air Force commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin, as well as a group of other senior air force commanders.
Speaking at Nevatim Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I am on an impressive tour of the air force base. Here behind me is the Adir, the F-35. Recently, Iran has been threatening the destruction of Israel. It would do well to remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and certainly Syria.”
Yesterday’s visit comes at a time when Iran has begun to enrich uranium well beyond the limits set by the 2015 nuclear agreement. For its part Israel has called on the international community not to allow Iran to abrogate the agreement made with the US in 2015 that stipulated the limits of how much Iran can enrich its uranium.
Thus, yesterday’s visit to Nevatim is a strong message to Iran that in the same way that Iran has been threatening the destruction of Israel, that Israel has the means to reach all parts of Iran with weapons that will certainly respond in kind to any Iranian threat to Israel.
Posted on July 10, 2019
Source: (This press release was originally published by Ashernet on July 9, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)
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