Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and GOC Air Force Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin held a tour of the Palmachim Air Force base on Sunday during which Netanyahu said Israel would win a “decisive victory” on the battlefield if faced with war.
Netanyahu and the military commanders received security briefings on the IAF’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squadron and spoke with the commanders of the units at the base.
Israel has reportedly carried out extensive strikes against Iranian and other hostile targets at distant points in the Middle East, including in Iraq and northern Syria. The UAV squadron, which deploys aircraft of various sizes, is reportedly a key player in these strikes.
Netanyahu lauded “our best men and women who operate UAVs day and night to confront our enemies – Iran and its proxies in a very broad area. The achievements are very impressive, and the developments are on the way.”
Responding to a journalist’s question, Netanyahu stated that “if war is forced on us – we will win a very decisive victory. What I saw here today at this air force base, the best personnel, and the best developments and weaponry will ensure that this will be the case.”
“This is truly the vanguard. We are in a major campaign and you have a central part. I would like to thank you on behalf of all Israeli citizens,” he told the IAF personnel.
Following the tour, Palmachim Air Force Base commanders and soldiers surprised Netanyahu with a party in honor of his 70th birthday.