Outgoing air force chief: Israel no longer has full freedom of action over Lebanon

The Times of Israel reports: “Outgoing air force chief Amikam Norkin said Israel no longer has unfettered air superiority and freedom of action in Lebanon’s skies in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

After a drone was nearly shot down by an anti-aircraft missile over Lebanon about a year ago, Israel realized that Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group had some capabilities it was not previously aware of, Norkin said.

Israeli officials realized aircraft were threatened by Hezbollah missiles over Lebanon, and decided to reduce the number of surveillance flights over its northern neighbor, harming Israel’s intelligence gathering capabilities, Norkin told the Kan public broadcaster.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah is believed to be holding onto some weapons, like the anti-aircraft missiles, in case of war with Israel to surprise Israeli forces, the report said…”

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