Coincidence? Israel Launches Largest Ever Air Force "Exercise" The Day After Iran Deal

Tyler Durden's picture

We are sure it was all planned a long time ago but the irony is not lost on us. A day after the US pisses the Israelis off with a sorta kinda deal with Iran, for the first time in Israel’s history, the Israel Air Force launched the “Blue Flag” training exercise – an international air force exercise with participation by the US, Italian and Greek air forces.


Via Israeli Defense Forces blog,

This past Sunday, Nov. 24, the Israel Air Force launched – for the first time in Israel’s history – the Blue Flag international training exercise at the Ovda airbase in southern Israel. The large-scale international exercise is a joint exercise of the US, Italian and Greek air forces and will be held entirely in English. The exercise, which will continue through Thursday, Nov. 28, is a part of the IAF’s elite training program. The goal of the exercise is to improve Israel’s general air defense capabilities while learning together and cooperating with global allies.


US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, was present at the opening of the exercise. “Israel lives in a dangerous neighborhood. We need the best equipped, best trained forces as possible to protect our people and our security,” he said. “We also need allies and we have great allies here…all training together and reinforcing a partnership that gets stronger with each passing year.”

Blue Flag

The exercise involves workshops that simulated enemy forces as well as training missions to identify anti-aircraft missiles. The exercise showcases the Israel Air Force’s aerial capabilities. Just last month, the IAF conducted a special long-range flight exercise in which squadrons practiced refueling planes in midair, testing the IAF’s ability to fly exceptionally long distances.

Watch as the IAF refuels midair: 


“For us, it is about training together,” a US Air Force soldier explained. “We have been leading up to this exercise for a couple years now. We’re here to continue to work together.”

“Blue Flag” has been in the works for over a year, and the IAF had conducted two training flights a day during the past six months in anticipation of the exercise, in addition to conducting a preparatory workshop earlier this year which had aerial teams train for flights conducted entirely in English.



Representatives from other countries observed the exercise, with the possibility of participating in future years.

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navy62802's picture

They're getting ready for the invasion. It will happen soon.

James_Cole's picture

Hate all you like, gotta give Kerry a bit of credit on this one. Thank gawd the neo cons + insane bibi were left out in the cold on this.

Skateboarder's picture

So the Greek air force is parading around with the Joosians while the rest of their countrymen inject themselves with motor oil and battery acid. Nice. *golfclap*

john39's picture

At least the whole world can finally see that Israel is run by a bunch of raving psychopaths.

Erudite Redneck's picture

At least one can see America is run by a bunch of perverted, Godless, sons of Satan.

AGENDA: Grinding America Down (Full Movie)

ghengis86's picture

Who produced and funded the purchase of all thost toys Israel is paradaing about?   Oh yeah...oy vey...

Erudite Redneck's picture

We were a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values.  Ofcourse we have supported Israel in the past, why would we not? 

boogerbently's picture

I think it's a little ODD that Israel wasn't at this "historic" meeting.

Urban Redneck's picture

You think Barry actually gives a shit about whether anyone in Iran lives or dies or he wants peace in the Middle East?

It's all about magic negro and his uncanny ability to make an unmitigated disaster about of a complex situation.

GetZeeGold's picture



Record numbers of Americans opting for disability, everyone else gets forced to part time jobs, and Greeks getting AIDS on purpose for a little extra spending cash.....ain't socialism cool?


Oh yeah....and I'm pretty sure Kerry's deal doesn't mean jack to Bibi.

Headbanger's picture

It's the old "nice cop, mean cop" routine here with the US and Israel on Iran.

The deal with Iran also draws another line in the sand with Iran and shows the US is at least willing to talk nice with them.

We offered Iran the olive branch and so if they step on it we can say we tried before we crush em!

Erudite Redneck's picture

No I don't think he gives a shit about anyone but himself.

Sorry for the rant above.  I just watched that movie and am sick and tired of being politically correct.  I think most liberals/progessives/marxists, etc are Godless and promote homosexuality, etc to destroy the moral foundations of this nation.  I am tired of all the PC bullshit, I don't want athiest statests educating my children and telling them God is dead and homosexuality is ok.  I don't hate sinners I  do hate sin, however I do hate evil.  Saul Alinksy, one of Oliars heros dedicated his book to Lucifer.  The agenda to destroy America is real by the left.  Remove God from Gov, School, promote divorce, co-habitation, pornography as free speech, abortion, dumb down kids in school, promote a huge welfare state, etc.  I think the communists are having the last laugh and the American sheep are about to be led to the slaughter in grand communist style.

To tell you how bad it is going, I recently started working for a large national bank and upon a tour of the building I was told I could choose either the female bathroom or the male bathroom and no one would judge.  WTF!!!!!!!  BTW I quit the bank.

Escapedgoat's picture

I used to be a virulent ANTI-Communist, however the more I had seen who was giving them the Description, I had another look of the meaning of THAT WORD (communist). The root of the word means somebody that is part of a COMMUNE. However, from observing the ones that professed to be communists NO HARM CAME FROM THEM (WEST EUROPE). When observing EASTERN BLOCK EUROPE, the ones calling themselves Communists were Parasites trying to survive on the back of other peoples labour.


Please can somebody give us the CORRECT DESCRIPTION  of the type that tries to live off the backs of innocent people?????

Thank you in advance.

Erudite Redneck's picture

I don't have all the answers but I try to understand.  Commune or sharing is a high ideal and sounds great on paper.   It works great voluntarily, forced participation results in human abuses such as modern socialism or communism.  Watch the linked movie above, even the hardcore communists turn on the soft socialists when they get a chance.  The original disciples, Jews, who were followers of Jesus Christ, after the death and resurection of Christ, Jesus sent the Helper aka the Holy Spirit and after Pentacost (sending of the Holy Spirit) the Christians each gave freely of what they had, that is true communism if you will. 

Like Thatcher said, socialism is great until you run out of other peoples money.  Or in the case of the US when we run out of borrowing money, we will start forcing those with wealth to cough it up.

Maxter's picture

I am with you on that one.
I have no idea if the deal is just a trap or something like that.  But for once it looks like the US is trying to avoid wars.

First a deal with Syria and now with Iran.  I am not holding my breath, but maybe the clown in the whitehouse finaly understood that those war were useless.

James_Cole's picture

zh commentators seem pretty split on whether Kerry deserves any credit or not. To be fair to the other side, the three qualities aipac is best known for are lack of influence in American politics, levelheadedness & thick skin. The fact that Kerry (to their mind) gave the Iranians a greenlight to turn Israel into a nuclear wasteland is unlikely to negatively impact aipacs opinion of him.

Erudite Redneck's picture

We know from the bible that no country will be turning Israel into a nuclear wasteland.  Israel has God for protection, they don't need any help from the US.

mick_richfield's picture

If their god protects them whether they are right or wrong, then I don't approve of their god.

Erudite Redneck's picture

I don't think God needs Mick's approval.

mick_richfield's picture

Then he should not send a fool here to lie for him.

john39's picture

the demiurge is not God, the creator... it just pretends to be. Sadly, most of the world's population seems to have bought the lie... and at the top, the psychopaths who run the show, simply sold the rest of us out.

PT's picture

When the Israelites obey God, they get his protection.  When they disobey God, He lets them be overthrown by their enemies.  The OT did not demonstrate this once.  It displayed it umpteen times.

PT's picture

The New Testament summed it up with the words of John The Baptist:  "You think you're special because you're the sons of Abraham?  God could turn these rocks into sons of Abraham!"

The school captain might be the school's "chosen one", but that doesn't automatically make him innocent.  He will be all the more held accountable for his sins because he should have known better.   

john39's picture

who do you think created the whole "chosen" meme anyway?  to me, its all total nonsense.  used to mind control both jews and non-jews alike.  God the creator doesn't need to 'chose' some minority cultural/religous group to do his bidding here.  God doesn't play favorites on the basis of race.   and i seriously doubt that God is OK with isreal stealing palestinian lands, central banking, wars etc.    that all sounds alot like someone else that shows up a fair amount in the bible as well...

johansen's picture

this might help you out: Israel wasn't "chosen" to be special. they were "chosen" to be priests to the rest of the planet.

they failed misserably, but God raised them up in the last days to keep his promise to all of about 3? people in the OT. take a guess how he did it, just to make this point obvious... rothschild sons of sam...

to understand why Jesus and Paul had such harsh words to say about the "Law" was because the jews were living under their own law, the "Laws" that the jews were living under at the time could fill up two or three "bibles" worth of text, of which the Torah, which is the only "Law" they were supposed to follow (through faith, but they failed at that too, romans 9:30..), is but 5%.

also, the bloodline had to be preserved because there were nephilim on the planet, and might still be here, so technically God is playing favorites.

also, the Hebrews were probably black.. but that's a conspiracy even ZH might choke on...


btw, as for myself i'm starting to look at the scriptures again and i'm convinced that what many interpret as arrmaggeddon is just WWIII, and that's between china, russia, united states, japan, north korea.

I think you have to wait for mind controlled exoskeletons and for man to figure out how to transfer his soul to an "artificial carrier" and "live forever" inside a robot before the Creator says enough of this bullshit lol...

PT's picture

They seem pretty resilient.  Either they "were chosen", or they "just evolved that way".  What to believe, what to believe? - It's all been one long multi-millenial string of luck?  Have fun trying to stamp 'em out.  Maybe God will be on your side or you'll get lucky next year.

As I explained above, just because they are "chosen", does not mean that they are not held accountable for their actions.  Similarly, just because others are "not chosen", doesn't mean they "can never" be chosen.  That was the point of JC's visit.  Either way, do what is pleasing to God, and things should turn out all right.  But if you run as fast as you can towards a cliff, don't be surprised when you fall off the cliff.

JungleJim's picture

Erudite Redneck, I guess you don't read too much, " ... they don't need any help from US.", take a look at American aid to Israel and defend your statement.


PS: also a "Redneck" but I can read.

czardas's picture

As nutty and irrational as Iran's theocracy is - and despite the suicidal nature of Islam - I can't believe they'd destory the Persian nation which is exactly what would happen if a nuke went off in Israel.   ZH fans are in a bind.  Despite the machinations of the evil Jews, a deal was struck and it's all due to efforts of our honest, trustworthy and honorable president whose world views have proven so correct.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

You have been deceived. The whole Kerry treaty is a ploy. There has never been a time since 1898 that the USA has not sought war or military intervention. That is what empires do, understand that. No, Kerry has signed an agreement he knows is a set up. When I saw Bebe ranting like he did, Shakespeare's old line came to mind:"The lady doth protest too much." The whole thing smells like a rat.

NeedtoSecede's picture

And Kerry and Oworthless did nothing but show up to take credit and for the photo op--to try to head off another PR win for Putin and Co.

We are clueless fools.  Not taking up for Israel, KSA, or Iran either.  The MIC will be able to draw this out and turn into even more "national security" spending and foreign military aid.

flapdoodle's picture

I just hope its not "plausible deniability" so Obama can say he had nothing to do with it when Israel hits Iran on its own (with of course covert support from UK, USA and SA)

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

You better hope and pray it don't happen.

If you're a Yid that supports the Zionist State?  Here's your assault rifle and parachute.  Go for it!

If your a U.S. solider then Don't follow orders after what you've already done disgracing your uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 12 years.


mjcOH1's picture

"If your a U.S. solider then Don't follow orders after what you've already done disgracing your uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 12 years."

Behold the fucktards that are your countrymen. Thank you for your sacrifice. As you can see, it was appreciated.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Scroll down and read my other comment.

If you love the State of Israel so much turn in your U.S. military uniform and join the IDF.  If you decide to fight alongside them after what they've done to this Country especially after 9/11 you're a traitor.

We both know what Iraq and Afghanistan was about and those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces certainly do.



Erudite Redneck's picture

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and am seriously considering moving my family to Israel.  It will be the safest place on the face of the earth.  I have never heard of any nation fighting against God and winning.  Besides America is becoming a cesspool of anti semites, homos, pornographers and God haters.  Enjoy your coming judgement.  If God does not judge America he will have to apologize to Sodom, AKA sodomy and Gamorrah.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

You're a nut.

As are the vast majority of Christian evangelical "wingnuts" that buy the Zionist trap to bring your money to a Country you're already supporting as a malevolent war machine and cradle to grave provider to the each and every Zionist with your American tax dollars.

If we light 'em up in the next one with Iran and Syria, all I can say is I hope you will be looking forward to your front row seat to the Almighty sittin on top of that Russian mushroom cloud.

Hope I get to watch you vaporized before it comes my way.

Erudite Redneck's picture

And you are a fool.  Obama leaves out God when reciting the Gettysburg address, is that the commander in cheif you want to follow into war.

I am not for any war, especially with Syria or Iran.  I support Israel.  Read Revelations, Russia will attempt to attack Israel.  God said he will place hooks in their mouths and draw them to Israel and then God will fight for Israel and wipe out, Iran, Turkey, Russia, et al.

I don't think the US needs to be in any other wars, we have caused enough death and destruction in the ME based upon lies.  Bush and Obomba are equally guilty.  But this website is full of anti semites and most here hate the Jews and Israel and tell lies that would make Hitler blush.

Bay of Pigs's picture

You've been here all of 7 weeks and you are calling people out as "anti semites"? I believe we have an AIPAC troll here.

Either that, or you are just plain dumb.

Erudite Redneck's picture

I have been reading the comments for a lot longer than 7 weeks.  I can assure you that I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

Here is some of what I listen to:

David McGee


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  • Do you know we are saved by faith alone?
  • What should lead us to good works?
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  • Can we earn God's grace?
  • Do you treat others with the same grace God shows you?
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By grace you have been saved!

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  • What is the significance of Abraham?
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Be more than a "fair weather" Christian.

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  • Is God finished with Israel?
  • Who are the 144 thousand mentioned in Revelation?
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God is not finished with Israel.

boogerbently's picture

....(in my best Cool Hand Luke Warden impression)

What we got here, is Gog and Magog.

Ratscam's picture

listen to George Carlin's masterpiece Religion.
it might help you on your way to knowing instead of believing. just saying.

Erudite Redneck's picture

Religion is man made rules of what man can do to get to heaven.  If you read the words of Jesus I am pretty sure he was against man made rules and traditions.  When the desciples asked Jesus what works must we do to be saved Jesus said believe on the One whom sent Jesus.  That simple, belief of God and his Son Jesus who is called Immanuel (God with us) and you receive the gift of eternal life.  You don't have to give money, or go to church or anything else, you are no longer under the law once you are saved through faith.  The Apostle Paul said all things are now lawful for me yet all things are not profitable, hence is good to avoid the consequences of sin and it is good to gather with other believers, etc.   I have not listened to everything Carlin ever said but if he critized religion he was probable accurate.  Saying stuff like Hail Mary and wearing your Sunday best will not save you.  God said man judges by appearances but God judges the heart.

jovius's picture

'If you’re going to quote from the Book of Revelation,

Don’t keep calling it the Book of Revelations.

There’s no “s”, it’s the Book of Revelation As revealed to St John the Divine

See also Mary Hopkin.  She must despair'.


Half Man Half Biscuit 'Shit Arm, Bad Tattoo'.

Erudite Redneck's picture

Sorry brother, I am a redneck.  You are correct the book is a revealing of Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega by St John the Apostle who also penned the gospel the book of John.  He is by far one of my favorite Christian witnesses.

TheGrandChessboard's picture

Israel is a one bomb state. Where was your god last time hitler killed six million, he didn't care. You really think god is going to protect the Jews and send your Christian's off to Heaven. When Israel turns to ashes what are you going to think, will you admit you were wrong and repent for your sins

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Hey you don't need to go all the way to Israel for Israel.  You can have the US version in Utah.

Haven't you kept up on your reading?

Sonic the porcupine's picture

What were / are the Iraq and Afghanistan engagements about? I'm still not sure what Iraq was about, I think Afghanistan was about finding Osama bin Laden, although it became destabalizing the region and setting up a puppet gov.

James_Cole's picture

Thank you for your sacrifice. As you can see, it was appreciated.

Couldn't ship the soliders out fast enough, cheering and flags waving.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

True. But this was an all volunteer force and still is. 

Fuck the flag waivers and yellow ribbon wearers. They aren't involved. And if they cared they wouldn't have been cheering after the Downing Street Memo, Chilicot Report and AE 911 Truth came out 6 years later.  Most of the individuals in the ICs especially DIA knew from the start it was a false flag. And after all of this we're still violating every international rule of engagement we signed up to?

The real heroes in the U.S. Armed Forces are the ones that disobey the orders they know are illegal.

Where are all the Pat Tillman's and Bradley Manning's that were willing to face a dishonorable discharge or worse because they knew what they were doing and the reasons they went to war were all based on lies?