Anyone who seeks to harm Israel should know it is more powerful than meets the eye, President Shimon Peres said Tuesday during a visit to the Palmahim Air Force base.
Commenting on the IAF’s hidden strength, and
hinting to Iran and other enemies of Israel, Peres said: “The full power of the
army and the air force is not visible to the naked eye, but anyone who is
disdainful of Israel and plans to attack us, should take this into
At the base, Peres was
briefed on defense strategies by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz,
IAF Commander in Chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel and senior officers who
showed him the latest innovations in the air force’s defense
Peres expressed his pride in all branches of the IDF and
declared the IAF to be the best air force in the world with the most exclusive,
advanced technological systems, plus a high quality, dedicated human
The Israel Air Force will never rest on its laurels, but will
always but will always look forward towards future challenges, said Peres. Air
strength, flexibility and capability are more relevant today than before, he
Gantz said that Israel is confronted by many challenges
including those in the sky and is ready to meet them all 365 days a year, and to
react accordingly with intelligence, operational and tactical responses against
Eshel said that the air force was the most essential and
effective branch of the defense forces and was made up of exceptionally talented
and devoted personnel.
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