began with little fanfare. The war game, dubbed “Operation Juniper Cobra,” has been a regular occurrence for years, though it has consistently grown in size and scope. Now, however, this year’s 12-day exercise brings a portent of conflict unlike those of its predecessors.
Previous reports on
the operation suggested that, like prior incarnations of the same
exercise, the focus would be on improving Israeli defenses. “Juniper
Cobra 2018 is another step in improving the readiness of the IDF
[Israeli Defense Forces] and the IAF [Israeli Air Force] in particular
to enhance their operational capabilities in facing the threat posed by
high-trajectory missiles,” Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovitch, the IDF’s Aerial
Defense Division head, told the Jerusalem Post.
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