Secretar de Stat in Ministerul israelian al Apararii Matan Vilna’i despre exercitiile in Romania in Jerusalem Post:
"The training in Romania should be understood in the context of preparing for possible conflict, said Vilna’i.
“The immediate circle is no longer at the border,” he said. “It’s deep within [neighboring states]. Therefore the capacity to work at those distances is a capacity we need to practice all the time. That’s something that didn’t used to be the case. Today, it’s part of the IDF’s routine.”
"Yasour helicopters – Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallions – are the IAF’s main workhorse and are primarily used for transporting troops as well as special forces, such as the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, better known as Sayeret Matkal. During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the Yasour helicopters flew Sayeret Matkal commandos deep into the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to a Hizbullah compound in search of information related to the kidnapped reservists whose abduction triggered the conflict. Many of the helicopter’s missions still remain classified.
One of the advantages of training in Romania – in addition to pilots becoming more familiar with new terrain – is the ability to train against capacities that are also in the hands of Israel’s enemies. The Yasour helicopter fleet would play a key role in any future conflict, and therefore pilots would need to learn how to fly in a dangerous environment where they could come under surface-to-air missile fire.
The Romanian Air Force base in Boboc, where the IDF delegation was based during the exercise, is the flight school for the RAF and is also where training is conducted to learn how to fly undetected.
Nonetheless, Vilna’i stressed that he saw no likelihood of war breaking out on the northern border in the foreseeable future, and noted that every spring and summer, there were reports of war fears, which usually turned out to be baseless."