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Israel Air Force advertises jets’ drilling of long-range ‘military option’

JTA

October 11, 2013 | 9:52 am

An IAF plane. Photo by IDF Spokesman<br />

An IAF plane. Photo by IDF Spokesman

The Israeli Air Force posted photos and a video of a long-range missions exercise in a move widely interpreted as a warning aimed at Iran.

The footage posted Thursday on YouTube shows the aerial refueling of two warplanes, an F-15 and an F-16, from several angles, including from within the cockpit. The photos, which were posted along with the video on the Hebrew-language version of the Israel Air Force website, show three fighter jets accompanying a fueling plane at an unspecified location.

“’All options on the table’ means also military options,’” the item on the website read, in what foreign and local media interpreted as a clear allusion to Israel’s quest to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons capabilities. “The air force, the long arm of the Israel Defense Forces, is tasked with carrying out that option if necessary.”

Iran has denied that it is pursuing plans to develop nuclear weapons.

According to Haaretz, Greece’s air force also participated in the drill.

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