On a visit to the Israeli Air Force Base in Nevatim, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspected the F-35’s stealth combat aircrafts, that Israel acquired from the US in 2016.
“Lately, Iran has been threatening Israel with destruction. It should remember that these planes can reach every place in the Middle East, including Iran, and of course also Syria, ” Netanyahu said.
Israel announced in May 2018, that it had engaged its F-35s for the first time in combat operations. The “Adir” (“powerful”), name of the F-35 in Hebrew, “are operational and take part in combat missions,” said General Amikam Norkin, commander of the Air Force.
In recent years, Israeli planes have hit dozens of targets inside Syria. Many of the targets were reported to be positions of arms convoys bound for Lebanese Hezbollah, and Iranian facilities and equipment inside Syria itself.
Iran, a sworn enemy of Israel, supports the Hezbollah Shiite movement and also supports terror efforts in Syria. The Palestinian Terrorist group, Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip south-west of Israel, is also supported by Tehran.
In June, the Israeli prime minister said that those who seek Israel’s destruction better not “test” his country. “I say to our enemies: the Israeli army has a very great destructive power. Do not test us,” he warned.
On Sunday, Netanyahu described Iran’s announcement that it would start enriching uranium again as “very dangerous”, and urged the major world powers to impose “tough sanctions” on Tehran.