In message to Iran, Israel and the US carry out a large joint military exercise

This content was published on January 25, 2023 – 19:29

Jerusalem, Jan 25 (EFE).- Israel and the United States are currently carrying out a large-scale joint military exercise in Israeli territory. It is the largest that both countries have carried out, and is interpreted as a message to Iran and other adversaries of these two greatest allies on the world stage.

The military operation, called Juniper Oak, started last Monday and is intended to be a show of force in an international scenario marked by the war generated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine or the growing rivalries with China, according to local media citing senior officials. americans.

Just today, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, observed the developments of the ongoing exercise together with the Minister of Defense and senior officials of the military apparatus from the control center of the Israeli Army.

From there, “they were informed both of the activity of the air, land and naval forces in the exercise as well as of the joint training with the United States Army,” the Israeli Government Press Office specified in a statement.

“This exercise expresses the unbreakable strategic partnership between Israel and the US, and constitutes a further stage in building the Israeli military force,” Netanyahu declared.

For his part, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stressed that the exercise “is a positive step that improves and increases Israel’s defense capabilities.”

According to the press, some 6,400 US soldiers are taking part in the exercise along with some 1,100 Israeli soldiers, while 142 planes and 12 ships are also used. The entire organization of this extensive operation was carried out in a matter of months, very quickly, according to sources cited by the local and international press.

Unlike other joint military trainings, this one is large and includes exercises at the ground, sea, air and electronic levels. Use is also made of a wide range of live ammunition that will simulate combat with enemy forces. In turn, the US uses Himar rocket launchers, laser-guided bombs and cruise missiles. EFE

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