At the Hatzerim Air Force Base, the IDF Chief of Staff and the Israeli Prime Minister spoke to the newest IAF pilots about the challenges Israel faces and the importance they play in the country and region’s security. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the current tensions between the US and Israel reminding the pilots that the alliance between the two countries is still strong.







The IAF's newest pilots receive their wings

The IAF’s newest pilots receive their wings Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot congratulated today (Thursday) the new graduates of Pilot’s Course 173 at their Pilot Wing Ceremony at the Hatzerim Air Force Base. “You are joining the ranks of command during a period filled with challenges and profound change,” said the Chief of Staff. “You are receiving your pilot’s wings which are granted only to those who are determined to lead and win despite any condition.”

The Chief of Staff also referred to “The Mighty One”, Israel’s new fifth generation fighter jet received two weeks ago. “This month we brought into our ranks the “Mighty One”, the most innovative fighter jet that will change the face of our force, will ensure the State of Israel’s cutting edge superiority worldwide and will continue preserving the IDF’s clear advantage over its enemies.”









“‘The Mighty One’ will change the face of our force”, IDF Chief of Staff Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News

Netanyahu commended the young Pilot’s Course graduates and spoke about the key role the Israeli Air Force plays in balancing the power in the region. “Israel is an anchor of stability in the region, f the region’s security. Israel is the force that prevents the avalanche,” said Netanyahu. “Americans understand the enormous role the IDF and IAF play in securing the region’s stability and security.”







Air show at Hatzerim Air Base

Air show at Hatzerim Air Base Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News

The Prime Minister also referred to the current political crisis and tensions with the US administration. “The alliance between the two countries exists and is strong,” said Netanyahu. “It is strong even when there is a disagreement between us which reflects the American people’s deep and wide support of the State of Israel. I look forward to working with the new administration in order to further strengthen the security of both our countries.”