Some 50 fighter jets belonging to Israel, Greece, the US and Italy took off Sunday morning from the Ovda air base, signaling the beginning of the largest military air exercise in Israel’s history.

Diplomats as well as journalists from Israel and the participating nations were invited to watch the exercise.

US Ambassador in Israel Dan Shapiro, who took a few hours off from Israel’s scathing reactions to the Geneva agreement with Iran spoke and said “We live in a tough world and dangerous world. Israel lives in a dangerous neighborhood…It need the best trained forces … and it needs allies.” […]