Israel becomes first country to use U.S. made F-35 planes

22 May, 2018, 17:17 | Author: Sammy Rose
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Israel has become the first country in the world to launch operational airstrikes using the F-35 stealth fighter jet, an Israeli air force commander has claimed.

The air force officers were scheduled to hear speeches by a variety of Israeli and foreign officials in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya on Tuesday. In fact, we have performed the first operational F-35 strike in the world'.

Using the plane's Hebrew name, Major General Amikam Norkin said at a conference in central Israel: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions.

The IDF had said earlier that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps's Quds Force had launched 20 Fajr-5 and Grad missiles toward Israel's front defensive line in the Golan Heights.

Congress is set to consider a new measure to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region that separates Israel from Syria, a key piece of territory that has become all the more important since the civil war in Syria brought scores of jihadist fighters, including those backed by Iran, into the region.

Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December and the subsequent relocation of the USA embassy have been widely criticized around the world, with the longstanding worldwide position being that Jerusalem's status should only be recognized as part of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. We intercepted four of them and the rest fell outside Israeli territory.

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In his comments on 22 May, Norkin also made reference to an Israeli strike on missiles Iran had allegedly transported to Syria, without providing a timeframe.

"Israel said that only 20 rockets were fired, some of which were downed, but the truth is that 55 rockets some of which were of heavy caliber were fired at a number of military posts, creating huge explosions that forced all residents in the Golan and some in northern Israel to scramble to bomb shelters in panic", said the group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, according to Naharnet.

He then went on to describe the series of events on 9 and 10 May. Afterwards, we attacked dozens of Iranian targets in Syria'.

The strikes left at least 27 pro-regime fighters dead, including 11 Iranians, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Israel continuously asserts that it will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, where it has for years provided military backing to President al-Assad in the civil war.

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