No, the Israeli Air Force Won’t Race to Iraqi Kurdistan’s Rescue
Here in Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region, a friend recently overheard some of his countrymen discussing the prospect of an independent Iraqi Kurdistan coming under attack from Baghdad or its neighbors. They dismissed this prospect out of hand, very matter-of-factly, by insisting that the Israeli Air Force would come to... Read more
In 1988, Algeria and Tunisia Were Terrified of Israeli Air Raids
Late on the morning of Oct. 1, 1985, a formation of 10 Israeli air force F-15 fighters approached the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia at an altitude of 40,000 feet. In front were six F-15Bs and F-15Ds from No. 106 “Spearhead” Squadron. Each of the aircraft was carrying one U.S.-made,... Read more
The U.S. Military Now Has a Permanent Base in Israel
On Sept. 18, 2017, the United States established its first permanent manned military base in Israel at Mashabim Air Base in the Negev Desert. Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovich, the head of the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Defense Command, hailed the event as “nothing short of historic,” adding that it demonstrates... Read more
In 2007, Israel Quietly Eliminated Syria’s Nuclear Program
Under no circumstances should an enemy state be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. That is a fundamental doctrine of Israel’s security policy shaped by Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the end of the 1970s. To this day, Jerusalem has tried to act accordingly – mainly in regard to Iran.... Read more
Israel’s Tiny Navy Packs a Huge Punch
Israel’s navy is the smallest branch of the Israel Defense Forces. However, the need to protect Israel’s recently-established gas rigs in the Mediterranean against missile and terrorist attacks presents the Israeli navy with a profound challenge. In addition, the Israeli submarine fleet is of tremendous strategic importance—particularly regarding a... Read more
Israel May Be Trafficking Former Eritrean Slaves
This story originally appeared on March 15, 2016. In Uganda’s capital Kampala, a sign in Eritrean script points the way to a back alley. There’s a small hotel here with only a few rooms, most of them empty. In room number eight an old man sits on a worn-out... Read more
Did an Israeli Drone-Maker Carry Out an Attack on Armenian Troops?
In July 2017, representatives from Aeronautics Defense Systems — an Israeli company specializing in drones — allegedly arrived in Azerbaijan on a sales trip for the firm’s Orbiter 1K unmanned aerial vehicle. This particular drone, really a loitering smart bomb, is designed to fly above the battlefield before diving... Read more
No, Israel Wasn’t Fighting for Its Existence in 1967
There is still considerable debate over the war that raged in the Middle East for six days beginning on June 5, 1967. The Six Day War began when Israel attacked Egyptian forces on the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip along Israel’s southern border. After Syria and Jordan invaded Israel... Read more
French Mirage Fighters Turned Israel Into a Major Air Power
Fifty years ago, on May 19, 1967, the Mirage V made its first flight from Melun-Villaroche airfield in France. Within context of events that were to follow ever the next few weeks, this date marked the birth not only of the modern-day French military aviation sector, but also what can... Read more
Very Quietly, Israel and Iraqi Kurdistan Build Ties
One of the Middle East’s most important relationships is barely understood and largely kept hush-hush. Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the removal of Saddam Hussein, Israel and Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region have steadily converged toward one another, despite their official stance that there are no... Read more
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