Posted on May 22, 2018
Maj Gen Amikam Norkin told heads of 20 foreign air forces meeting in Israel: “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts.” He did not specify the targets. “You know that we just won the Eurovision with the song ‘Toy.’ Well, the F-35 is not a toy,” he said. Israel, the first country outside the US to acquire the single-seat fighter, has received nine of the 50 F-35s it has so far ordered, and could take up to 75. The BBC’s Tom Bateman in Jerusalem says Israel’s claim to have used it in an operational strike even before the Americans may be designed as a further show of military strength, as it believes elite Iranian forces are trying to entrench themselves in Syria to threaten Israel.