IAF Commander: Israel's Aerial Superiority Is in Danger

Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan says that amid regional instability, the advanced weaponry acquired by Middle Eastern countries could fall into the hands of terrorists.

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Israel Air Force chief Ido Nehushtan said Sunday that Israel's aerial superiority in the Middle East is in danger, since neighboring countries are being equipped with increasingly advanced weaponry which could end up in the hands of terrorists.

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Speaking at the Annual International Space Conference in Herzliya, Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan said the IAF is facing growing challenges.

"The increasing presence of advanced weaponry in the Middle East poses a challenge to Israel's aerial superiority," he said. "This trend is being aided by Iran and challenges the IAF's aerial superiority, which is the force's key advantage."

Nehushtan said that he is very worried by the situation in Syria. "Syria is a country with a large army and the internal process that it is undergoing increases the danger of weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists."

The IAF chief said that despite Syria's turmoil, it is still purchasing advanced weapons such as planes and anti-missile aircraft worth billions.

"Maintaining aerial superiority has always been an issue of concern to the IAF chief, but more so recently," he stressed.

He added that Hamas and other terror organizations are taking advantage of the current instability in Egypt in order to operate in the Sinai Peninsula.

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