Israel successfully tests missile that can carry nuclear payload amid escalating tensions with Iran
BREAKING: Israel conducted a successful test launch of an unnamed missile from Palmahim airbase. Local residents reported seeing a white trail left behind by the rocket.
“The defense establishment conducted a launch test a few minutes ago of a rocket propulsion system from a base in the center of the country. The test was scheduled in advance and was carried out as planned,” the ministry said.
According to reports, the missile launch was intended to test a new propulsion system of the promising surface-to-surface intercontinental ballistic missile Jericho-4, that can support a nuclear payload.
PM Netanyahu met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Lisbon, with Netanyahu focusing on the importance of continuing to pressure Tehran.
“Iran is increasing its aggression as we speak, even today, in the region. They’re trying to have staging grounds against us and the region from Iran itself, from Iraq, from Syria, from Lebanon, Gaza, and Yemen and we are actively engaged in countering that aggression”, Netanyahu said at the beginning of the meeting.