At a graduation ceremony for Israeli Air Force graduates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the cadets while also touting Israel's might in the air. The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim reports that Netanyahu warned Iran and its terror proxy Hamas from testing the IAF's "tremendous firepower":
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran and Hamas on Wednesday not to act against the Jewish state, as it has the strongest air force in the region, with the ability to reach targets at all distances.
“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.
Thirty-six officers, including one woman, received their wings after graduating from the three-year pilots course on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and IAF Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin.
“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 nowt to our country. We are an island in this stormy region and have a clear policy of protecting our security,” the prime minister said.
Turning to the threat on the northern border, Netanyahu warned 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...”