IAF flyover Tel Aviv beach Independence Day 370 (R) .
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
OC Air Force Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel appointed a new head to the Air Defense
Command this week.
Brig.-Gen. Shahar Shohat replaces Brig.-Gen. Doron
Gavish, after the latter completed his term as head of the force.
inauguration ceremony on Sunday took place against the background of growing
Hezbollah and Hamas rocket arsenals, and an Iranian-Hezbollah drone which
recently penetrated Israeli airspace.
“The combination of new regimes and
terror organizations armed with advanced weaponry which were once reserved for
militaries alone, creates a threat to the heart of our state and way of life,”
Eshel warned during the ceremony.
“The Air Defense Command has a vital
role in all of the components that make up [our] security concept – defense
capabilities together with attack components enable victory,” the air force
Eshel praised Gavish for leading the nation’s air
defenses to “new horizons.”
He added that air defenses have been upgraded
significantly over recent years, from tactical cannons to a strategic system
capable of multi-layered interception.
Gavish noted that Israeli air
defenses intercepted 109 enemy rockets fired at southern Israel from the Gaza
Strip in recent years. “This is a firsttime operational achievement on a global
scale,” he said.