US Opens First Base in Zionist Entity

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the IAF's Aerial Defense Command, announced the establishment of the installation on Monday evening.

The facility, located within the Israel Air Force's School of Aerial Defense not far from the southern city of Beersheva, will permanently house dozens of American soldiers stationed in Israel as part of a task force, the IDF said on its website.

The facility will include a barracks and several other buildings for US troops to be stationed in the country, as well as systems to identify and intercept various aerial threats.

It will be a "base within a base", located inside the Israeli Air Force's Mashabim Air Base in the middle of the Negev desert, close to a USA military radar installation east of Dimona that tracks ballistic missiles.

The new base will be under the command of the US military's European Command.

According to the military spokesperson, Israeli jets were scrambled but did not open fire.

"Part of the process of establishing the foundation stems from the process of a culture of cooperation. I appreciate the way the Americans respect the state of Israel", Haimovich said".

Last week, the IDF established a new Iron Dome battalion.

The Iron Dome created to shoot down short-range rockets, the Arrow (Arrow-2 and Arrow-3) system which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth's atmosphere, and the newly operational David's Sling missile defense system which is created to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets, as well as cruise missiles fired at ranges between 40 to 300km.

"This symbolizes the strong bond that exists between the United States and Israel", Maj. "And now with the opening of this site, these crucial interactions will happen every day".

US and Israeli soldiers join together during biennial air defense exercises. In February, the traditional military exercise Juniper Cobra between the U.S. and Israel will take place.

Tuesday's army statement did not say who the drone belonged to, or where the interception took place.

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