In a show of friendship, Israeli and German fighter jets took off over the skies of Jerusalem for the first time since World War I, as the two countries conducted a joint military exercise.
On Sunday, the plane was seen flying over Israel’s parliament, the Knesset and other government buildings and towards the region of Malha in Jerusalem.
The flyby was carried out to mark the start of the Blue Flag international flying exercise between Israel and Germany, which brought German military aircraft to the Israeli capital for the first time since World War I. Times of Israel.
“The fly-by expresses the strong partnership and relationship between the Air Force and the countries, as well as a commitment to continued cooperation in the future,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
This is the largest ever joint exercise in Israel and will continue till October 28. In the next phase of the exercise, the fighter jets will fly over both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Prior to the fly-by, the chiefs of German and Israeli air forces, Ingo Gerhartz and Amikum Norkin, visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem together, the army statement said.
Germany has previously conducted joint exercises with Israel, with Israeli jets flying over Germany. In August, six F-16s of the Israeli Air Force entered German airspace maintained by German Eurofighter aircraft for the first time.
Jets flew over the Dachau concentration camp and Fürstenfeldbrücke Airport, in a demonstration of the two countries’ strong ties more than seven decades after the Nazi Holocaust.
“That was Shoah after the crime against humanity” [Holocaust]”It is a moving gesture of our friendship today that we are flying shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli Air Force for the first time in our history,” the chief of the German Air Force, Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, said in a statement in August. .
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