'Israel's air force is the world's best, and neighboring countries know it'

"Israel has the best pilots and best air force in the world. The world's nations know about the air force and its operational abilities much more than Israel's residents - and this is how it should be," President Shimon Peres said during a visit in the air force base in Hazerim, Wednesday. The president was given an outline of the force from IAF commander in chief Major General Eliezer Shkedi, sat in a warplane's cockpit and was given an explanation of its capabilities.