US F-35 stealth plane makes its combat debut with Israeli Air Force

Israel’s air force chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Nurkin revealed Tuesday, May 22, that the F-35 stealth plane had been used for the first time in the Middle east and “attacked twice on different fronts” in their first combat operations anywhere in the world. He was addressing the commanders of 20 foreign air forces spending a week in Israel. He also disclosed that Israel’s air defense system, ranging from the Arrow, David’s Wand and Iron Dome, had scored 85 percent successes against hostile missiles. Maj. Gen. Nurkin revealed that the Iranian Al Qods attack on Israel of May 9, the day after the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord, consisted of 32 missiles fired from Syria – not 20 as reported. Israel intercepted four, while the rest dropped outside its borders. Syrian air defense weapons had fired a total of 100 missiles against Israeli warplanes that were bombing Iranian military positions and command posts in the country, he said. “We destroyed the battery.” He went on to report: “Iran’s al Qods forces were housed at the big Syrian T-4 air base 250km from Israel. It was from there that an attack was attempted by means of the Iranian drone that penetrated Israeli air space on Feb. 10 and was shot down. That incident showed us that the Iranians were massing hardware at T-4, including air defense systems. We struck those systems in the past month.”

DEBKAfile’s sources note that Maj. Gen. Nurkin did not mention that the Iranian drone was armed. He went on to say that in recent weeks, Israel discovered that Iran had shipped to Syria long-range missiles and rockets, some of whose launchers Israel targeted north of Damascus.  The IAF’s next missions were to go after another 20 Iranian targets in Syria.

Israel has taken delivery of nine F-35s, considered the world’s most advanced jet, and expects to receive a total of 50 planes by 2024.




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47 thoughts on “US F-35 stealth plane makes its combat debut with Israeli Air Force

  • May 22, 2018 @ 11:37 at 11:37


  • May 22, 2018 @ 11:41 at 11:41


  • May 22, 2018 @ 11:50 at 11:50

    DEBKAfile’s sources note that Maj. Gen. Nurkin did not mention that the Iranian drone was armed
    nurkin did say
    “It was from there that an attack was attempted by means of the Iranian drone”
    how is it possible to attack with an unarmed drone ?

    • May 23, 2018 @ 0:19 at 0:19

      The drone relays GPS coordinates for precision strike missiles and provides real-time BDA.

  • May 22, 2018 @ 13:35 at 13:35

    The Iranians are getting their backside kicked and are unable to put any of their threats into action. Allah just isn’t helping – what a surprise!

  • May 22, 2018 @ 13:42 at 13:42

    32 missiles fired and 28 of them droped where?! He is joking?

    • May 22, 2018 @ 14:20 at 14:20

      Henry, for your information, those 28 missiles dropped harmlessly in empty spaces of land.
      And you should be warned, that Iran will meet a bitter end if it continues to think of destroying Israel.

  • May 22, 2018 @ 14:12 at 14:12

    How much more stupid could a shitty ayatollah be, to send troops in the big grinder, on the base of discovering targets with a falling drone, when IDF looks down on them from satellites above?

    Hey, by the way, this morning Soleimani took his coffee with cane sugar, but only turning the tea-spoon 2 times instead of 3 like yesterday, why?

    • May 22, 2018 @ 15:03 at 15:03


    • May 22, 2018 @ 16:08 at 16:08

      Al, for the simple reason that most beet sugar, the alternative to cane sugar, is GMO, and likely heavily toxified from the herbicides and pesticides. Every wise man will choose the non-gmo alternatives.

      • May 28, 2018 @ 4:31 at 4:31

        I find your response “because it was beet sugar” less than adequate. Has Massad neutralized the supplier of his cane sugar ?

  • May 22, 2018 @ 14:13 at 14:13

    What happened to the 15% of the missiles that were not successfully shot down?

    • May 22, 2018 @ 16:01 at 16:01

      the iron dome does not shoot down missles that are going to hit open areas

  • May 22, 2018 @ 14:22 at 14:22

    Some people TALK too much !

  • May 22, 2018 @ 14:33 at 14:33

    It is, indeed, interesting that Iran is not making threats (that I’m hearing anyway) to respond to the ongoing destruction of their assets in Syria.

    I’m not actually sure Iran knows who is attacking them. For that matter, I’m not sure either. It could actually be air assets from the USA and/or Israel. But some or most may be ground attacks. Those ground attacks would not necessarily be conducted by Israeli assets – you could have USA, Jordanian, Saudi assets involved to some degree as well.

    People need to understand that there may be some serious problems for the Iranians right now.
    1. The Iranian people are restive and this is being evidenced by rather frequent protests. This may be putting pressure on the Ayatollahs to invest more on the economy and less on their military. And this is occurring while new/repeated sanctions are looming. They may not have the resources to lose after a new attack on Israel.
    2. The prospect of Syria becoming an Iranian vassal state has worried the Middle East. This is to the point that a substantial portion of the Middle East views Iran as an enemy and Israel as less of an enemy and maybe something close to a friend.
    3. The Israeli taking of the Iranian nuclear program documents was a HUGE blow. The Iranians were not storing those documents just for historical purposes but because they wanted to maintain the knowledge contained in those documents for when they could begin to overtly ramp up their nuclear program. The Israelis simultaneously took knowledge away from the Iranian regime as well as gaining a treasure-trove of information about who is who in the Iranian nuclear weapons effort, the sites involved, and how the structure works.
    4. The Israeli document take was also a significant blow to the reputation of the Iranian regime. Further misadventures in the near future will make the regime look more comical than threatening or effective.

    Iran has some pretty worrisome issues with which they must deal. I am not at all sure how they will respond or if they actually can respond effectively in the long-term. What I do know is that it will be very interesting.

    • May 22, 2018 @ 20:00 at 20:00

      Tried and true A-10 tank busters still preferable for some down and dirty armor removal by the numbers… USA stores A-10s maybe store them in Israel?

      US is Israel rear flank and sometime EMP over North America threatens Famine. Any strategic planner IQ on enhanced US RR branch rebuild for Famine Hedge?

      • May 22, 2018 @ 21:25 at 21:25

        The A-10 is useful to the US because its pilots can fly low and visually identify targets, allowing it to operate effectively in places like Afghanistan where the air coverage is relatively weak and there’s a significant delay between when an air strike is called and when it actually hits. It’s also useful for close air support when friendlies are otherwise at risk of being accidentally hit.

        Neither of those situations really apply to Israel because it would be fighting relatively close to its own borders (at least on the ground), so air coverage will be strong and continuous with quick strikes when called upon, and there will be plenty of artillery to provide close support for ground troops. Plus the A-10 is vulnerable to air defenses, which are much more of a concern in Israel’s neighbourhood.

      • May 23, 2018 @ 6:54 at 6:54

        Unlike the Rest of the World, Americans can grow food. We have plenty of land, protected resources called National Parks, Rivers that are unpolluted and we have more food in Reserve than the rest of the world. We have Government Cheese that is 20 years old! We have Huge Reserves that we sell to the rest of the world. Which would not be sold so we would be having the food and certain people who live in the Desert would go without.

  • May 22, 2018 @ 15:08 at 15:08

    last line says “And expects to receive a total of 50 planes by 2014.”!! Incorrect date?

    • May 22, 2018 @ 16:39 at 16:39

      not incorrect. it was printed in iranian time, we know their shit is going backward!

    • May 23, 2018 @ 2:44 at 2:44

      Should read 2024

  • May 22, 2018 @ 16:08 at 16:08

    Israel needs to keep an operational “eye in the sky” oversight on anything suspicious coming from Iraq / Iran, . . . and just smoke it when they see it. Eventually, . . . they will get tired of their assets being blown up before they even get set up.

  • May 22, 2018 @ 17:37 at 17:37

    This innovative style War is acquiring acceptance: Formerly “mysterious”, inexplicable explosions, accidents, malfunctions and deaths in Iran and Syria, are slowly being admitted, as caused by the Israeli unique skills and know-how ! Right on, IDF ! Ayatollahs are gritting their teeth in impotent rage….

  • May 22, 2018 @ 17:50 at 17:50

    “Israel has taken delivery of nine F-35s, considered the world’s most advanced jet, and expects to receive a total of 50 planes by 2014.”

    That was 4 years ago…

  • May 22, 2018 @ 18:03 at 18:03

    I wish it was 2014. I could make better choices the second time around.

    • May 22, 2018 @ 19:28 at 19:28

      BTW you can choose pork over swinethis time because Palestinians are Christian and eat pork not swine.

  • May 22, 2018 @ 18:41 at 18:41

    Just some quick notes …

    – “Loose lips”… God punished Hezekiah for disclosing his hidden treasures before foreigners.
    – I’m not an expert, but telling the enemy when and where a new weapon was used could prove costly.
    – In the coming war (see Ezekiel 38) it will be Russia’s Iskander, Cruise, and S-400 missiles, and new fighter-jets Israel will have to contend with
    – We’re on your side Israel! Just keep your planes well hidden and protected.

    Grace and Shalom

    • May 22, 2018 @ 19:17 at 19:17

      When Arc is found Ezekiel 4:12 the Jesus will save his fellow Jews John 1:3 then Islam will be holy again Surah 5:1 Peace for all the sheep!

    • May 22, 2018 @ 21:40 at 21:40

      How many planes has the S-400 shot down so far? I mean real planes, not computer simulations or test drones, or imaginary American planes conjured up in Putin speeches.

  • May 22, 2018 @ 18:47 at 18:47

    Looks like Israel is a little late in receiving the rest of those F-35s by 2014….

  • May 22, 2018 @ 19:19 at 19:19

    Kudo’s to the IAF. Hope that many sucesfull bombing raids will follow.Any idea how many planes this year will be delivered?

  • May 22, 2018 @ 20:22 at 20:22

    You wrote: “… and expects to receive a total of 50 planes by 2014.” We now have 2018? 2014 was four years ago?

  • May 22, 2018 @ 20:38 at 20:38

    “attacked” that is exactly what Israel does is attack and blame the victim for the attack………I hope you guys get the serious therapy that you need…….

    • May 23, 2018 @ 0:33 at 0:33

      Deluded comment. Just WTF is iran DOING THEN in syria? And their daily threat to wipe Israel off the map? All the build up and weapons to be ignored as well? Have nice day spaceman.

  • May 22, 2018 @ 20:44 at 20:44

    The last words contain a typo:
    “50 planes by 2014”

  • May 22, 2018 @ 20:46 at 20:46

    The headline should have been “Iran bombs Syria and Israel defends it” 🙂

  • May 22, 2018 @ 20:51 at 20:51

    What is even more delightful is, that the foolish erdogan must be at the paroxysm of anger
    Indeed US Senate Billed To Ban F-35 Sales To Turkey

  • May 22, 2018 @ 23:07 at 23:07

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  • May 23, 2018 @ 0:24 at 0:24


  • May 23, 2018 @ 1:56 at 1:56

    You made a typo. You said that “Israel intends to receive 50 planes by 2014”.

  • May 23, 2018 @ 6:13 at 6:13

    Nobody on here has a problem with the claim that the F-35 is “considered the world’s most advanced jet”? Seriously? Everybody knows that the F-22 is much more advanced than the F-35. You guys are too busy calling each other’s mothers “sharmutas” to pay attention to such a basic factual error? My respect for Debka just dropped precipitously.

    • May 23, 2018 @ 13:32 at 13:32

      It is actually reasonable to claim that the F-35 is the most advanced aircraft. Has very good stealth, can carry different types of ordnance, has a whole bunch of advanced code to handle multiple roles.

      For the air-to-air mission I think you’d have to still favor the F-22. In that context you get to argue that the F-22 is more advanced?

      But it is not unreasonable to argue that the F-35 is the most advanced aircraft. It’s also not unreasonable to argue that it is not the most advanced aircraft.

      • May 23, 2018 @ 22:05 at 22:05

        The f-35 has a radar cross section 10 times larger than the f-22, and isn’t stealthy at all from behind because … that is difficult and expensive. Much less range, much smaller payload, and worse radar because it’s apperture is smaller. Admittedly more advanced avionics and sensor fusion software … when it isn’t crashing, which it does often. If Israeli industry an fix that then good for them, but they can’t add an engine or make the fuel tank bigger.

        • May 23, 2018 @ 22:08 at 22:08

          Can fix that, I meant

  • May 23, 2018 @ 8:21 at 8:21

    “and expects to receive a total of 50 planes by 2014”.
    The last sentence in the article is in error. 2014?

  • May 27, 2018 @ 17:21 at 17:21

    the head of the snake is in tehran, not damascus or beirut. the ayatollahs are not likely to change their strategy until they have some real skin in the game.

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