Israeli Air Force threatened by regional missiles: Nehushtan

Ahram Online, Thursday 17 May 2012

Former head of Israeli Air Force Ido Nehushtan warned that surface-to-air missiles across the Arab countries in Middle East undermine Air Force superiority, in Jerusalem Post interview Thursday

Former commander-in-chief of the Israeli Air Force Ido Nehushtan warned that  the supremacy of the military air fleet is increasingly being undermined due to the spread of surface-to-air missile systems in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and the Sinai Peninsula, in an interview with the Jerusalem Post Thursday.

Whilst speaking with the Israeli daily newspaper, Nehushtan said that "the Air Force needs to be ready to fly to places where there is a threat to its superiority", highlighting the need for gathering intelligence and studying threats first.

However, he emphasised that the Air Force is ready to respond to the many threats it faces across the Middle East, including the possibility of launching an operation on Iranian nuclear sites, if needed.

Nehushtan strongly criticised public discussions regarding striking nuclear facilities in Iran, warning that the general public "lacked the basic facts."

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