Analysis In Wake of Gaza Offensive, Israel's Air Force Is Taking IDF Center Stage

Fresh from its success in Operation Pillar of Defense, the air force is flying the flag for Israeli combat capability. One of the biggest dogfights it faces is with the government, over budget for a second squadron of its newest combat plane.

The Israel Air Force is once again taking center stage among the Israel Defense Forces branches. It's the one that left the mark in Operation Pillar of Defense and was responsible (according to foreign publications) for attacking weapons convoys in Sudan. It's also preparing itself for a possible confrontation with Iran....