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The Iron Dome anti-missile has reached the Haifa region as part of its operational testing process.
Its deployment in Haifa is meant to test the battery’s various systems and the connection between the radar and interception devices.
With much of the Middle East in turmoil, new realities are emerging for Israel and her neighbors, reshaping the strategic environment that has remained nearly constant for more than 30 years, since the 1979 peace accord with Egypt.
Iran is now probably within a year of becoming a nuclear weapons state. When that happens, Israel’s preemption option will be gone. Ideally, however, the Jewish State’s remaining strategic choices will then still include optimal and interrelated forms of nuclear deterrence and active defense.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense is working to integrate all four of the anti-missile defense systems developed in the country into a national command and control center for the interception of enemy missiles. Senior US officials say that this initiative will not only benefit Israel but also US forces stationed in the Middle East and “US allies that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel,” US weekly “Defense News” reports.
The Israeli missile defense system will be integrated into a regional defense array planned by the U.S., General Patrick O’reilly, head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, said Monday.
In an interview published in the American Defense News journal. According to the interview, the Israeli missile batteries may also protect Arab countries who are allies of the U.S. but with which Israel has no diplomatic ties.