US deploys THAAD missile system to Israel – Netanyahu: Together we are even stronger
The US European Command (EUCOM) is currently conducting a missile defense system (THAAD) exercise deployment in Israel, which is part of US efforts to implement its operational concept and mission to assist in Israel’s aerial defense.
The deployment of this American system in Israel emphasizes the US’s commitment to the defense and security of Israel. It‘s also an opportunity for the IDF to practice integrating advanced American air defense systems into the IAF Air Defense Array.
“The IDF is grateful for this exercise and stands ready to protect Israel’s airspace and civilians against a variety of threats from near and far. This is a defensive deployment that is not related to any specific current event”, the IDF said in a statement.
Some assessments believe it may be in support of an upcoming significant attack in Syria or Lebanon.
Syrian media reported Monday night that Israeli tanks shelled Revolutionary Guard Corps positions near the border town of Quneitra on the Golan Heights.
“Deployment of the American anti-missile system in Israel is additional testimony to the commitment of the US to the security of Israel,” PM Netanyahu said.
“The American THAAD system is considered one of the most advanced systems in the world, and together with our defensive systems we are even stronger in order to deal with near and distant threats from throughout the Middle East.”