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Israeli, German air forces fly over Jerusalem in show of close ties

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

Israeli and German military aircraft fly over the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 17, 2021. (Screen capture: Twitter)
Israeli and German military aircraft fly over the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 17, 2021. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Israel and German aircraft are conducting a flyby over Jerusalem in a sign of the close connection between the two countries and their militaries.

The head of the Israeli Air Force, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, is leading the Israeli planes, while the German aircraft are being led by Lt. General Ingo Gerhartz.

This marks the first time that German military aircraft have flown over Jerusalem since World War I.

The planes are flying over the Knesset and other government buildings, toward the area of Malha in Jerusalem.

Earlier in the day, Norkin and Gerhartz visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in the capital together, the military says.

The German planes are in Israel for a biennial multi-national aerial exercise known as the Blue Flag. The countries taking part in the Blue Flag exercise will perform another flyby in roughly one hour, over both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

 

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