Israeli and German air forces fly over Jerusalem to show close ties

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Israeli and German planes fly over Jerusalem, a sign of the close link between the two countries and their armies.

The chief of the Israeli Air Force, Major General Amikam Norkin, directs the Israeli planes, while the German planes are led by Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz.

It is the first time that a German military plane has flown over Jerusalem since World War I.

The planes fly over the Knesset and other government buildings towards the Malha neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Earlier today, Norkin and Gerhartz together visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in the capital, according to the military.

German planes are in Israel for a biennial multinational air exercise known as the Blue Flag. Countries participating in Exercise Blue Flag will conduct another overflight in about an hour, over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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