US and Israel launch large scale military drill in regional show of force
JERUSALEM - U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are running a massive military drill in Israel this week.
The exercises are said to be the most significant bilateral show of force between the two nations to date.
Gen. Michael "Erik" Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM said in a statement.
The statement continued, "These kinds of exercises – which CENTCOM routinely conducts with our partners – develop interoperability between military forces, increase military capabilities, and are important to the security and stability of the region.
The lessons learned during these exercises are exportable to our partners across the region."
The FDD report said the drill was significant and noted, "The scope, complexity, and size of this exercise should assure Israelis, Americans, and their regional partners, while making adversaries think twice before initiating aggression."
The forces also practiced a quick exit to minimize the potential threats from the ground to the Israeli pilots.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and IDF Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, visited the IAF Command and Control to witness the various joint drills.
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"Israel will always defend itself on its own, but of course welcomes the intensifying cooperation with our great ally."
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the crucial American commitment to the fight against Iran's nuclear ambitions during a meeting with White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
"I was impressed that there is a genuine and mutual desire to reach understandings on this issue, which is of decisive importance to the security of the state," Netanyahu explained.