JERUSALEM (TSTIME) — The Israeli military said Wednesday that dozens of its planes conducted a drill simulating airstrikes on long-range targets, a thinly veiled reference to a possible attack on regional rival Iran. .
The military said the drill took place a day earlier over the Mediterranean and “involved long-range flying, aerial refueling and striking distant targets”. He provided no additional information.
The announcement came as negotiators representing world powers and Iran held months of talks in a bid to hammer out a new deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, four years after a deal struck failed in 2015 after the unilateral withdrawal of the Trump administration.
Israel sees Iran as its greatest threat and has strongly opposed the 2015 JCPOA agreements signed by Iran and world powers, saying it does not have enough safeguards to prevent Iran from developing weapons capability or to deal with other Iranian military threats in the region. He said he opposed a return to a new nuclear deal.
Iran has long insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear-weapon state in the Middle East, but has never publicly acknowledged possessing such weapons.
Tuesday’s air force exercise was part of a larger month-long military exercise, which included mock combat in Cyprus earlier this week.