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Netanyahu, Gallant observe massive US-Israeli military drill

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

From right, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant observe a joint US, Israeli military exercise at the Air Force command center (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
From right, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant observe a joint US, Israeli military exercise at the Air Force command center (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visit the Israeli Air Force command center to observe the ongoing joint Israeli-US Juniper Oak 2023 drill.

“The exercise brings to light the indisputable strategic partnership between Israel and the United States, and is another step in building Israeli military power,” Netanyahu says in remarks provided by his office.

“Israel will always defend itself on its own, but of course welcomes the intensifying cooperation with our great ally,” Netanyahu adds.

The large-scale drill is widely seen as a message to Iran.

The pair, along with military chief Herzi Halevi and National Security Adviser Tzahi Hanegbi, observe an air drill from the command center and are briefed on other aspects of the US-led exercise.

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