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ISRAELI F-35 STEALTH JETS TAKING ON IRAN!

"We are flying the F-35 over the entire Middle East and it is now part of our operational capability. We are the first in the world to attack with the F-35."

A photograph of an Israeli F-35 stealth fighter jet flying over the Lebanese capital of Beirut. (Screen capture)

Suddenly out of the wild blue yonder, Israeli pilots are now flying America's top F-35 Stealth Fighter in combat missions. The revelation came publically from Gen. Amikam Norkin, the commander of the Israeli Air Force: "We are flying the F-35 over the entire Middle East and it is now part of our operational capability. We are the first in the world to attack with the F-35."

Did this also apply to the Iranian forces during the recent flare-up in Syria? Take a guess, no clear-cut answer to that intriguing question. Israel was the first foreign country to receive the F-35 from America's Lockheed Martin aircraft manufacturer. Gen. Norkin's revelation must have got the interest, and possibly the envy, of twenty visiting airforce commanders who, in addition to the U.S., included, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, India, Canada, among others.

As a rule, the Israeli Air Force is tightlipped about its operations. So why did its top pilot take the wraps off now?

As a rule, the Israeli Air Force is tightlipped about its operations. So why did its top pilot take the wraps off now? Certainly not to brag about it. It seems like the decision, that obviously has strategic implications, was taken at the highest level - the Prime Minister. There are several possible considerations:

  • In the wake of the Syrian war, Iran is now trying to convert Syria into another of its forward military bases against Israel, as it has already done with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. Several weeks ago against this background, Israel destroyed nearly all the Iranian military buildup in Syria. Tehran is now considering what to do next. Gen. Norkin has sent this strong message to the Iranian high command as if to say, 'if you persist in threatening us from neighboring Syria, we'll be coming at you with our F-35's.' During the recent encounter, all Israeli aircraft returned safely to their base.
  • At present, the Israeli Air Force is known to be flying eight F-35's with a total of a fifty in the pipeline by 2024. In other words, the F-35 is already an invisible vanguard for hundreds of F-15 and F-16 aircraft that have earned the IAF a reputation of being one of the most effective air-powers in the world. 
Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin (Photo by Mor Tzidon, CC IAF)

In his presentation to the foreign airforce commanders, Gen. Norkin drove home this point by showing an Israeli photo of F-35's flying over the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Apparently flying at high altitude, the F-35s were not detected. It follows that the F-35 stealth really works and it cannot be seen by current technology. 

 

 

  • This demonstration by the F-35, code-named "Adir" in Hebrew (Awesome), must have also caught the attention of Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Actually, it could dissuade him from selling his advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missiles to Israeli's enemies such as Iran or Syria. And why is that? Putin might surmise that Iranian or Syrian ground crews would now be capable of effectively operating such complicated weaponry and thus fail to shoot down the F-35's in a showdown. This would expose Russian weaponry as being inferior to American and would not bode well for Russia's arms sales. Consider that when the former Soviet Union sold its most advanced SAM antiaircraft missile to Syria, then in the first Lebanon war back in 1982, the Syrian batteries launched salvos of SAM's at Israeli jets. The unscathed Israeli aircraft then proceeded to knock out eighteen or nineteen batteries in the Bekaa Valley without losing a single aircraft. This sent shockwaves through the Warsaw Pact that was defended by similar SAM missiles in the ongoing Cold War with the U.S. Is it reasonable to assume that Putin would not take such a risk for the sake of Tehran? Also, bear in mind that the Russian leader does not appear to be overjoyed about the Iranian presence in Syria.
  • North Korea: If the F-35 is as good as it's cracked up to be, this will not go unnoticed by Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang. It is a current demonstration of America's air-power, and hopefully, it might help deter any sane leader from arousing the ire of President Trump. 
  • Last but not least, if the F-35 is a winner, those other nineteen foreign airforce commanders must have been impressed and went home possibly with the aim of persuading their governments to also purchase the F-35. Obviously, this would be a great boost for Lockheed Martin in the U.S. and Trump would be delighted if sales orders started coming in. It would mean thousands of jobs for American high-tech workers, one of his campaign pledges. And with a congressional election on the horizon, he'd surely love that. 


Political Analyst David Essing

 



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