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“Hezbollah and Iran are trying to entrench themselves in the area ... [But we] sent a clear message to our enemies; we’re determined to defend our sovereignty and respond with force and wisdom to any threat.”
Ben Gurion International Airport is considered a prime military target.
"We have not encountered a tunnel like this one before," said IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manlis.
"The severe shooting on Friday proved once again that Iran ... is playing with the lives of Gaza residents and is likely to lead the Gaza Strip to escalation after years of security calm."
"We are an island in a very stormy sea," Netanyahu told the new IAF fighter pilots.
Explosions from Gaza rattled the windows as far away as Ashdod. Listen to the embedded video.
A barrage of alarms blared through the middle of the night, waking families up out of a sound sleep in southern Israel.
The main focus of this year's Blue Flag aerial exercise has been on reconnaissance, air strikes and SEAD operations.
Close to 100 aircraft and hundreds of fighter pilots and support crews are based at Ovdah Air Base for the Blue Flag exercise.
Syrian weapons are shared with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group that is dedicated to Israel's annihilation.
Israeli aircraft appeared only after Egyptian Air Force pilots completed their own missions in northern Sinai against Islamic State terrorist forces near Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid.
Netanyahu also said that Iran would have an arsenal of nuclear weapons within 8-10 years if the nuclear deal is not changed.
The new U.S. air base will “improve our defense, in discovery and interception, and in preparedness," said IAF Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch.
"This purchase is yet more evidence of the depth of our security relationship with our great friend, the United States," said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.
The IDF Chief of Staff said Norkin was a natural choice for the position after “years of excellence.”
The missile is equipped with an electro-optical seeker that tracks a target using artificial intelligence features.
President Reuven Rivlin told the winners: 'The Israeli public does not know how much it owes you.'