Lack Of Funds Compels The IAF To Withdraws From Joint Training Exercises In The USA


iafnFor the first time in years the Israel Air force will not take part in training maneuvers together with over 100 US Air Force planes in the Nevada Desert. The reason given in Israel is the lack of funds in light of heavy budget cuts to the IDF. The move is in line with recent statements released by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz in which he explained he will do his utmost so that the lack of training for reservists will not compromise the nation’s state of preparedness. Gantz stressed the cancelation of training exercises for infantry and other ground forces is not a ploy, but a reality dictated by new budgetary constraints.

Over 100 US planes and allied air forces from Europe take part in the major event, which experts explain is a major training opportunity for IAF pilots for a number of reasons including the distance and the opportunity to work with planes from a number of nations.

Nevertheless, military officials are releasing messages that this year, Israel will not take part in the major training event.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. I can’t believe that I am reading this.
    Israel has a prime opportunity to participate with the major powers of the world and they are pulling out due to lack of funds?!

  2. Maybe the US would consider moving Red Flag to the Negev Desert. Shdema is big enough, and they don’t have to worry about OSHA or the EPA.

    US fighter pilots could probably learn a lot from the IAF.