Netanyahu and Gallant Observe IDF-U.S. Central Command Joint Exercise

(R-L) IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant observe a joint U.S.-Israeli military exercise at the Air Force command center, Wednesday. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Wednesday visited the Israel Air Force control center in the framework of the Juniper Oak 23.2 exercise, together with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi, National Security Council Director Tzachi Hanegbi, Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Tomer Bar, Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil, IDF Operations Branch Commander Maj.-Gen. Oded Basiuk and additional senior commanders.

Netanyahu and Gallant observed – from the control center – the live-fire exercise by the Israeli and U.S. air forces and were briefed on both the activity of the air, ground and naval forces in the exercise, and the joint training with the U.S. military.

Netanyahu said, “This exercise expresses the unshakeable strategic partnership between Israel and the U.S., and constitutes an additional stage in building up Israeli military strength. Israel will always defend itself but, of course, welcomes the deepening cooperation with our greatest ally.”

Gallant said, “The cooperation in the exercise between the IDF and the U.S. military is a welcome step that improves and adds to the capabilities of the defense establishment.”

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