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Israel Building Closer Ties with Several EU Countries

IDF Paratroopers Participate in Drills in Poland

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14 Jun 2018 (All day)
Israel Building Closer Ties with Several EU Countries
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his colleague, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Jerusalem on Wednesday amidst several developments expected to make a positive impact on Israel’s relationship with European countries. “I want to thank you for your consistent defense of Israel in international forums, including in the EU,” Netanyahu told his guest. “It’s time that all of Europe’s leaders understood that Israel is the one that defends the interests – our common interests – in the Middle East, both in terms of security and in many, many other ways.”

Here is the video of their joint press appearance

Also this week, IDF Paratroopers participated in the US-led Swift Response 18 military exercise in Poland.

“Over the past two weeks, the IDF paratroops have been training with US military fighters alongside troops from Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and other countries. At the height of the exercise, we landed on Polish soil and practiced various operational missions,” said Maj. Amir Puri, commander of the IDF delegation. “I was particularly moved to land on Polish soil and to train with my fellow soldiers in the 70th year of the State of Israel, an exercise that demonstrates the strength of cooperation between the IDF and the US Army. For me, it is a great honor to head the paratroops who represent the IDF and Israel in this exercise.”

The IDF troops were among 2,300 soldiers from 10 countries which participated in the drills which, according to a statement by the US Army’s European Command are “one of the premier military crisis response training events for multinational airborne forces in the world.”

Finally, Germany’s government voted on Wednesday to approve a deal with Israel to lease several Heron TP drones for use by the German armed forces as part of a package worth an estimated $1 billion.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying "This is a great contribution to the Israeli security industry and to the Israeli economy. The giant deal is an expression of the strategic partnership between Germany and Israel and attests to the potential of Israeli industry to contribute to countries such as Germany.”


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