Israel and U.S. commemorate opening of first U.S. base in Israel

Israel and U.S. commemorate opening of first U.S. base in Israel
Trump and Netanyahu, May 2017. (Image: Screen grab of White House video)

[Ed. – This is actually a significant development in a political sense.  It has a military meaning too, although apparently the administration isn’t stating that openly.  The U.S-operated air defense system has, however, been in Israel for years now.]

Israel and the U.S. inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil on Monday, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system.

The move comes at a time of growing Israeli concerns about archenemy Iran’s development of long-range missiles. Together with the U.S., Israel has developed a multilayered system of defenses against everything from long-range guided missile attacks from Iran to crude rockets fired from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

The base’s opening is largely symbolic and isn’t expected to bring operational changes. But the Israeli military says that along with other measures, it sends a message of readiness to Israel’s enemies. …

The base is located within an existing Israeli air force base and will operate under Israeli military directives.

Israeli and U.S. military officials cut a ribbon at the base Monday, where the American and Israeli flags flew side by side and soldiers from both countries commingled.

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