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While Israel is under constant attacks, Germany is presenting itself as a strategic ally.
 
11/26/2020
 

Blue Flag 2019: Germany and Israel Build a Strategic Partnership

While Israel is under constant attacks, Germany is presenting itself as a strategic ally.

BY JOSUE MICHELS

Airmen from Israel, the United States, Greece, Germany and Italy participated in the biennial multinational fighter exercise Blue Flag 2019 for two weeks between November 3 and 14 at Uvda Air Force Base in Israel. Around 1,000 participants and 70 aircraft from the five countries held various exercises to strengthen relations and build expertise. However, the Axis power of World War II seems to be among Israel’s most trusted friends. The "most advanced air drill" was with Germany, and Italy’s participation held great significance.

Germany and Italy combined sent 12 aircraft to participate—the same amount that the U.S. sent. Approximately 250 airmen from the Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany "deployed to build strategic partnerships and complete aerial tactical training exercises," Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope wrote on dvidshub.net.

By the end of the exercise "other jets from the Israel Air Force were busy striking Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip as rockets flew in the direction of Israeli cities," Israel Hayom reported. "Yet the air forces of the United States, Germany, Italy and Greece joined Israeli flight crews and completed the joint training as planned."

 
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