Israel Flies Mock Lebanon Raids

    An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots in the Hatzerim air force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, on June 28, 2012.

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    On Sunday, Israeli fighter planes flew mock raids over Lebanese villages to show their muscle after an unmanned aircraft was discovered and shot down in Israel this weekend. The incident is being investigated, but Lebanon’s guerilla group, Hezbollah, is suspected of being behind the drone that was flying deep in Israeli airspace before being destroyed. Raids flew low over towns known to have Hezbollah ties, as Israel has done in past tense times. The drone was not carrying explosives, but could have been gathering intelligence. "It is an Iranian drone that was launched by Hezbollah,” asserted Israeli lawmaker Miri Regev, a former chief spokeswoman for the Israeli military, on Twitter. “Hezbollah and Iran continue to try to collect information in every possible way in order to harm Israel.”

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