Israel, U.S. Opens First Permanent Military Base In Country

Di Vincenzo Santo*

(Da RT, Intel e Stratfor: 18-19 settembre 2017)

Washington. The United States opened its first permanent military base in Israel on Sept. 18, The Hill reported. According to Defense News, the base will be located within the Israel Defense Forces Air Defense School near the city of Beersheba in Southern Israel. Longtime allies, the United States and Israel have maintained their relationship throughout U.S. President Donald Trump’s term so far. (…) Its opening coincides with Israel’s renewed push for the Trump administration to cancel what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the “terrible” nuclear deal with Iran, whom Israel considers its biggest enemy. (…) Even though the US has routinely deployed forces to Israel, it is only now opening an official permanent military base in the country. The move, largely seen as symbolic, is meant to send a strong message to Israel’s enemies. It will be a “base within a base,” (…) close to a US military radar installation east of Dimona that tracks ballistic missiles (coming from Iran – ndr). From the base, American forces will be helping operate Israel’s multi-tiered missile defense system(1), which the two countries developed together. The base’s opening is largely symbolic and isn’t expected to bring operational changes (…) However, Israeli officials believe the establishment of the base will send a message to their enemies. (…) The facility will include a barracks and several other buildings for U.S. troops to be stationed in the country, as well as systems to identify and intercept various aerial threats. It will operate under Israeli military directives. (…)

1() Israel’s multi-tier missile defense system includes the Arrow, designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles – the kind that Iran has, Iron Dome, which defends against short-range rockets that were fired by Palestinian groups from the Gaza Strip, as well as David’s Sling which is designed to counter the type of medium-range missiles possessed by Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants.

Gli Usa allargano la loro sfera di influenza militare in Israele

*Generale CA (Riserva)