The Israeli Air Force (IAF) and the US Army commenced on Tuesday in a joint air exercise that will include drills with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The IDF stated that the exercise, which will take place in the south and end on Thursday, will take place only in the air and there will be no sessions on the ground, presumably because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related restrictions.
The IDF emphasized that the exercise was planned in advance as part of the 2020 training program and “is intended to maintain the readiness and fitness of the forces.”
The IDF and US Army canceled a few exercises earlier this year following the spread of Coronavirus.
The Adir (mighty) was declared operational by the IAF in December 2017. The Israeli F-35 was the first outside of the US to be declared operational, preceded only by the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force.
The fifth-generation fighter jet, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is considered one of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft. Israel has acquired a total of 50 F-35s which are to be supplied by December 2024.
IDF forces on Sunday evening shot and killed a terrorist while he was throwing rocks at Israeli motorists in the Benyamin region.
The IDF stated that their troops identified a number of suspects throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles on a highway. The soldiers fired at the suspects who threw rocks and were preparing to throw more.
One terrorist was killed by the gunfire. MDA teams and IDF medical personnel carried out CPR operations at the end of which the terrorist was announced dead.
Another terrorist was wounded by the gunfire and escaped the scene. The IDF launched a manhunt for him.
No Israelis were wounded in the attacks or during the IDF’s operation.
However, photos seen by TPS of the results of the attacks show massive rocks that hit the cars, shattering windshields and apparently causing damage to the car’s frame.
Aryeh Even, 88, died of Coronavirus in a Jerusalem hospital over the weekend, the first Israeli to die of the virus.
Even, a Holocaust survivor who suffered from other prior illnesses, was buried in a small funeral on Saturday night in Jerusalem.
The Ministry of Health on Sunday morning updated that the number of Corona patients on Israel was 883, with 15 in serious condition,19 in moderate condition, and 38 who have recovered.
Israel on Saturday night introduced the final draft of stringent directives limiting public interactions to curb the spread of the virus. An emphasis was put on penalties for breaching the directives, which included fines and prison sentences.
Minister of Transportation Bezalel Smotrich and Deputy Minister of Finance Yitzchak Chen entered quarantine on Saturday night after being notified that they had separately met with a person who was diagnosed with Corona.
An employee at the Israeli Consulate General in New York was diagnosed on Saturday with Corona. He is at home in isolation in good condition. Israeli Consul General Danny Dayan went into quarantine following his exposure to the employee.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with Channel 12 News that we should pray to the Creator that the Corona epidemic should end soon.
The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 188 countries around the world.
At least 308,500 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 13,000 deaths. Some 96,000 have recovered.
Entry into Israel by foreign nationals was completely barred Wednesday night following recommendations from the Ministry of Health.
After two weeks of restricting entry to travelers who are not residents of the State of Israel, the Ministry of Health has recommended stricter entry prevention measures to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.
For the past two weeks, foreign nationals could enter Israel if they could show the ability to stay in quarantine for 14 days. The new directive calls for a complete shutdown.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on Wednesday with senior doctors from the Arab sector to discuss efforts to raise awareness in the sector of the spread of the Coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, there is insufficient adherence to the guidelines in the Arab sector, as I see it. There is a problem in the general public as well, and there is a problem especially in the small villages, to my understanding, and we are going to fix that right away,” he stated.
“We, in Israel, are ahead of almost the whole world right now. We managed to keep it [Corona] from spreading, but without the cooperation of everyone who hears us now… respect the instructions – it’s a must! Otherwise, many people will die and this death can be prevented with your help,” he added.
The majority of Israel’s 529 patients are in light condition, some 13 are in moderate condition and six are in serious condition. Some are hospitalized, others are at home while some have entered the newly established Corona hotels at several locations in Israel.
A total of 12 have recovered and returned home. Some are being treated with experimental medications.
The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 176 countries around the world.
At least 220,000 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 9,000 deaths. Some 86,000 have recovered.
Two Israeli Ministers and another two Members of Knesset (MK) have entered quarantine after being exposed to confirmed Coronavirus patients, as the number of infected Israelis grew to 427 on Wednesday morning.
The majority of the patients are in light condition, 10 are in moderate condition and five are in serious condition. Some are hospitalized, others are at home while some have entered the newly established Corona hotels at several locations in Israel.
A total of 11 have recovered and returned home. Some are being treated with experimental medications.
Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri Minister of Agriculture Tsahi Hanegbi and MKs Ram Ben Barak and Alon Schuster entered a 14-day quarantine after being exposed to confirmed Corona patients.
Hanegbi was at the Knesset on Monday for the swearing of the newly elected MKs, sending a scare through the parliament. All 120 MKs may be forced to be tested for Corona.
Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff and another diplomat, Aaron Sagi, contracted Corona. The Foreign Ministry ordered the Berlin embassy closed for two weeks.
The two were apparently infected after meeting with a German MP who had contracted the virus. The entire embassy staff was sent into isolation for two weeks.
The government announced new restricting measures on Tuesday afternoon and closed all parks and beaches, and essentially called on all citizens not to leave home unless there was an urgent need.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday evening that all steps taken by the government to curb the spread of Corona will be useless if the citizens do not obey the instructions.
“You have to understand, this is not a children’s game – it is life or death,” he told the press.
Director-General of the Ministry of Health Moshe Bar Simantov further warned that Israel “will also reach hundreds of new patients a day and there will be people who will die from the disease – it could happen soon … What happened in Italy could happen here too, there could be thousands in Israel to die from the disease.”
The government is working to significantly boost the number of Corona tests carried out on a daily basis to 3,000.
The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 167 countries around the world.
At least 199,000 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 8,000 deaths. Some 83,000 have recovered.