i24News: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured Israel's F-35 jets on Tuesday morning and held a security meeting with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Commander of Israel Air Force (IAF) Amikam Norkin and other senior IAF staff on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
Netanyahu warned Tehran that Israel's F-35 jets can reach anywhere in the Mideast, 'also Iran and surely Syria.'
“Iran has recently been threatening Israel’s destruction. They should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and surely Syria,” he said during his visit at the Israeli Air Force’s F-35 squadron at the Nevatim air base.
While the F-35 stealth fighter apparently cannot reach the entire country of Iran unassisted, it can do so with in-air refueling.
On Monday, the head of Iran's atomic agency threatened to boost uranium enrichment to 20% and increase centrifuge production as possible next steps in rolling back its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers if progress is not made with European partners to save the crumbling accord.
Netanyahu responded by slamming the Iranian nuclear deal with world powers which he claimed paved Tehran’s path to develop a nuclear bomb.
On Tuesday, European powers urged Iran to reverse its move to increase uranium enrichment, as a French envoy was due in Tehran to boost efforts to save a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
After Iran announced Sunday that it was beginning to enrich uranium beyond the 3.67% limit set by a crumbling 2015 nuclear deal, Netanyahu called on world leaders to impose "snapback sanctions" on Tehran.