Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised a “tremendous firepower” of the Israeli Air Force and sent a warning to Iran and the Palestinian movement Hamas.
“The air force is as its peak today, with the best tools, technologies, planes and pilots in the world. With defensive and offensive capabilities and tremendous firepower, the air force has the ability to reach short distances and faraway destinations as required,” Netanyahu said at an Israel Air Force Flight Academy graduation ceremony at the Hatzerim Air Base outside Beersheba on December 27. “We are meeting major challenges in the north, in the south and in the east. On all the fronts there are centers and branches of radical Islam that have already caused a heavy calamity in our region, but now to our country. We are an island in this stormy region and have a clear policy of protecting our security.”
The prime minister continued saying that Israel “will not allow the forces of the Iranian army to establish themselves in Syria in order to harm us. We will prevent the production of accurate and lethal weapons aimed at us.”
The event was also attended by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Israeli Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin.
Israeli officials have repeatedly blamed Iran for its growing influence in Syria and providing weapons to Hezbollah from Iran to Lebanon via the country and threatened to implement various measures, including military options, to counter this situation.