German and Israeli jets mark first joint flyover, honor Holocaust victims

  19 August 2020    Read: 773
German and Israeli jets mark first joint flyover, honor Holocaust victims

​​​​​​​The memorial event marks the first time ever that Israeli fighter jets have performed such an exercise on German soil. The Luftwaffe chief has called the joint operation "a sign of our friendship today."

Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots and their German counterparts honored Holocaust victims with a flyover of Dachau concentration camp on Tuesday.

The symbolic event was the first time ever that Israeli airforces have trained in Germany and is part of a two-week program of manoeuvres.

Aircraft, including Israeli Air Force F-16s and Eurofighter jets from the German Luftwaffe, also flew over the nearby Fürstenfeldbruck airbase to commemorate the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics that left 11 Israeli athletes, and one German policeman, dead.

It is the only training exercise the IAF is carrying out abroad this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Luftwaffe chief Ingo Gerhartz described the joint effort as "a sign of our friendship today."

He said in an official statement that it was also a reminder that Germany has a responsibility "to fight anti-Semitism with the utmost consistency" because of its Nazi history.


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