Israel is world's first country to attack with F35s

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He also claimed that 100 Syrian anti-aircraft missiles were fired at Israeli jets during its retaliatory strike. "We are the first in the world to carry out operational attacks with the F-35", Norkin said.

On Tuesday, in addition to IAF chief Norkin, the conference-goers were set to hear from former senior defense official Amos Gilad, a central voice in Israel's strategic planning; Danny Shapira, one of the founders of the IAF; Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin; Yossi Leshem, a renowned Israeli ornithologist who has worked closely with the IAF; US Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of the US Air Force in Europe; Australian Maj.

The air force chief showed an image of jets over Beirut, Lebanon, and said the planes had "already attacked twice on two different fronts".

During Norkin's speech to the military experts, he also revealed that Iranian-based forces in Syria had launched more rockets at Israeli military bases than had previously been published, during the most recent military flare-up between arch-foes on May 10.

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Israel was the first foreign state to obtain the US-made F-35, receiving the initial batch of two planes in December 2016, out of an order of 50.

According to Norkin, Israel has been "managing a campaign against Iranian forces, especially on Israel's northern border" for the past two years. Four of these were said to have been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, whilst the others fell short of their target exploding in Syrian territory.

The IDF had said earlier that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps's Quds Force had launched 20 Fajr-5 and Grad missiles toward Israel's front defensive line in the Golan Heights.

The Israeli regime has a history of military aggression in the region.

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He noted that over 100 ground-to-air missiles were fired at Israeli planes during the attack. He reiterated that Israel has ramped up attacks on Syrian territory in response to the alleged build-up of Iranian forces there. It was seemingly the first time Israel attributed an attack directly to Iran rather than its proxies.

Israel has carried out a number of strikes in Syria against what it describes as Iranian targets as well as on what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah.

As with the United States' recent recognition that Jerusalem is Israel's capital city, the recognition that the Golan Heights can not be given back to Syria represents a factual reality on the ground, DeSantis said.

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