Israeli F-15 fighter jets have escorted an American B-1 supersonic strategic heavy bomber through the country’s airspace, in what the IDF called an illustration of the “continued strategic cooperation” with the United States.
American bomber was taken to safety “over Israeli skies towards the Gulf earlier today,”The Israel Defense Forces made a short statement and included several photographs along with a video.
Apart from claiming it was for a humanitarian purpose, the IDF did not say anything about the flight’s actual purpose. “illustrates the continued strategic cooperation of the IDF with the United States in the area.”It was interpreted by some Israeli media as an implicit threat to Iran.
Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft escorted a B-1B American bomber from Israeli skies to the Gulf. pic.twitter.com/bD38bLt9dK
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 30, 2021
Syria has accused Israel, in its latest act of muscle-flexing, for carrying out another attack against Syria’s territory with a brazen air raid on a Damascus suburb. There was no comment from the IDF, but Israel had previously admitted to striking hundreds of alleged ‘Iranian-linked’ targets in Syria.
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Israeli officials repeatedly threatened to act against Tehran’s nuclear program, with foreign minister Yair Lapid saying earlier this month that Israel reserves the right to attack Iran at any time of its choosing, under the pretext of stopping it from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The UN GEneral Assembly was informed by Naftali Bennett, the Prime Minister of Iran that their nuclear program had reached a critical point. “watershed” moment and Israel’s tolerance on the matter is running out.
Though a major agreement struck between Iran and world powers in 2015 put hard limits on Tehran’s civilian nuclear energy program and created a strict safeguards system under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), ex-US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018, reimposing all American sanctions (and then some) in direct defiance of its terms.
מטוסי קרב של חיל האוויר מסוג בז (F-15) ליוו היום מפציץ אמריקאי מדגם B-1b אשר חצה את שמי מדינת ישראל לעבר המפרץ. הטיסה מהווה המשך של שיתוף פעולה מבצעי עם הכוחות האמריקאים באזור pic.twitter.com/gsxRbXwBgL
— צבא ההגנה לישראל (@idfonline) October 30, 2021
Much to Israel’s dismay, President Biden expressed an interest in returning the US the agreement since January’s inauguration, however, the countries have yet to reach an accord. Further delays were caused by Iran’s election results and the creation of a new government in June.
Iran indicated that negotiations would resume by the end November. In a statement signed by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 conference in Rome on Saturday, the leaders put more pressure on Iran’s new president Ebrahim Rais, warning the world of “the risks posed to international security by Iran’s escalating nuclear program.”
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