Gantz approves fresh air force attack and defensive plans

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has approved Israeli Air Force attack and defensive plans, his office says.

“The defense minister visited the air force’s underground command center with the head of the Israeli Air Force, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, and reviewed plans for strikes and air defenses ahead of the operations expected to take place tonight,” Gantz’s office says.

Gantz also invites the Knesset’s Intelligence and Clandestine Services Subcommittee to military headquarters tomorrow for an “operational update,” his office says.

An Israeli F-15 military jet takes off from the military airport of Andravida in southern Greece, as part of the Hellenic Air Force’s ‘INIOCHOS 2021’ multinational aviation exercise on April 18, 2021. (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Gantz’s office refuses to elaborate on the matter.

The subcommittee, led by Yesh Atid MK Orna Barbivai, is tasked with providing parliamentary oversight to Israel’s intelligence services. The other members of the committee are Likud MK Avi Dichter, Yisrael Beytenu MK Eli Avidar, New Hope MK Gideon Sa’ar, Meretz MK Yair Golan and Yesh Atid MK Ram Ben-Barak, most of whom have extensive backgrounds in Israel’s security forces.

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