The Israeli Air Force Warns About Crossing of “Red Lines”

Photo: Jerusalem Post

The Israeli Air Force Warns About Crossing of “Red Lines”

Photo: Jerusalem Post

The Israeli Air Force Warns About Crossing of “Red Lines”

Photo: Jerusalem Post

Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, IAF Commander, gave a speech this past week at the “Jerusalem Post” Diplomatic Conference in the presence of ambassadors and diplomats from Israel and around the world. Maj. Gen. Eshel spoke about the IAF’s place in the Middle East. “The IAF signals the players in the arena in order to warn them”

IAF Site | Translation: Ofri Aharon

Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, IAF Commander, gave a speech this past week at the “Jerusalem Post” Diplomatic Conference in which over 400 ambassadors, foreign attachés and diplomats from Israel and around the world participated. In his speech, he discussed the IAF’s vision, his own vision as commander and the IAF’s place in the Middle Eastern reality – security wise.

“The spectrum of threats and local organizations alongside Israel’s borders is wide. While the rest of the world is currently dealing with the extremist Sunnites, the IDF sees the entire spectrum and deals with the situation in every sector. The issue of terrorism is portrayed as a Middle Eastern problem. Events such as the terror attack in Paris indicate the extremist organizations intentions to operate around the world, thus it has become a global issue”.

Defense, Readiness, Prevention
The IAF deals with the challenging security situation by leaning on three principles: Defense, Readiness and Prevention. “Our duty is to minimize the terror attacks aimed against us, to be ready to quickly and effectively neutralize any threat and to prevent escalation of the situation”.

“Of the three, we mostly focus on the third – prevention”, he added. “One terrorist attack can create an escalation that could lead to a large event that could drag many players after it, whether or not they are interested in taking part of the activity. Launching a single missile into Israel could cause real chaos. Our job is to contain such events and minimize the possibility of their escalation”.
One of the strategies the IAF implements is drawing clear “Red Lines” in order to avoid escalation. “The IAF is like a “tweeter” on Twitter, as it sends out messages to other players in the arena in order to warn them from crossing the ‘Red Lines’”.

“The IAF sets an opportunity to bridge between countries”
The aerial space in the Middle East was always dynamic and intense, however, lately the IAF faces new challenges, with its first mission being the protection of Israel’s sky and its sovereignty. “The area in which we live in the Middle East has changed. There are now more factors in it and the area’s skies are crowded”, stated Maj. Gen. Eshel. “Our goal is to protect the IDF’s freedom of action. Not to strike when it isn’t necessary and not to hurt the international efforts to obtain quiet in the area. Simultaneously, we must do everything in our power to protect the aerial freedom of Israel. The IAF sets a special opportunity to bridge between countries: the common language, coordination in the aerial space and variety of tasks, constitute of an opportunity for cooperation, knowledge and experience”.

“The IAF is in a process of change “, concluded IAF Commander. “It is important for us to be a powerful force that neutralizes any threat, however, it is important for us to be accurate, measured and efficient. It is a complicated change to execute and we must preserve balance. The situation will determine how we will act”.

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