On Sunday, Israeli and German air force fighters, piloted by commanders of these formations, flew over Jerusalem. The show was a demonstration of the close ties of the two countries and their armed forces. German machines flew over Jerusalem for the first time since World War I.
“The flight showed the strong cooperation and relationship between our air forces and the commitment to continue this cooperation in the future,” reported the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
“We still feel the suffering of the Jewish victims”
Earlier, the commander of the German air force, General Ingo Gerhartz, accompanied by his Israeli counterpart, General Amikam Norkin, paid a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Institute in Jerusalem.
– We still feel the suffering of the Jewish victims of the Shoah (…) our responsibility will not go away; the eternal flame of memory cannot go out, “Gerhartz said in an English speech.
In the afternoon, fighters from both countries flew over Jerusalem, including the Israeli parliament, the Knesset and government buildings. The formation was led by Norkin piloting the F-15 machine. Behind him flew Gerhartz in a Eurofighter painted in the colors of the Israeli and German flags.
The event was part of the inauguration of the international Blue Flag maneuvers taking place in Israel in October. Apart from Israeli and German planes, the exercises are attended by machines from the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Greece and India.
Main photo source: Israel Defense Forces