ISRAEL - First American Military Base in Israel

Arno Froese

For the first time in Israel’s history, the United States Army has opened a permanent base on Israeli soil, flying the Stars and Stripes inside an IDF base.

The base, Haimovitch stated, “represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the militaries of our countries” and “adds another layer to the security of the State of Israel in defending the threats of rocket or missile fire.”

According to Haimovitch, several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the permanent base in southern Israel, which the Americans and Israel have been working on for the past two years and will have all the facilities necessary for a permanent military presence.

The American soldiers, Haimovitch stressed, would be operating American systems, not Israeli ones.

Israel and the United States remain concerned that Iran has continued to work on both its nuclear program as well as its ballistic missile program despite international criticism.

Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets, and the Arrow system which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. The David’s Sling missile defense system is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets, as well as cruise missiles fired at ranges between 40 to 300km.

After a lengthy development process, and with the financial help of the United States, the Iron Dome went into service in April 2011 with its first battery placed near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba. It made its first interception of a grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip just days later.

According to an August report by Defense News, Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the main contractor of the Iron Dome system, and Raytheon, its US partner for Iron Dome production, are working to transform the Israeli interceptor into an American system to use for the defense of forward-deployed US forces.

“The minute that the US decides to procure Iron Dome, we will transfer all the knowledge and production file to Raytheon,” Yosi Druker, head of Rafael’s Air Superiority Systems division was quoted by Defense News as saying, adding that the system would be fully produced in the United States., 18 September 2017

Arno's commentary

This article shows again how much the US depends on Israeli defense technology. Israel has actually used its technology in practice—and that very successfully.

Although Israel always rejected any foreign military presence in their land, the doors were opened under the Obama administration. It gives Israel at least a sense of additional security, knowing that any large-scale attack would immediately involve the Unites States of America.

Nevertheless, we continue to emphasize that, in the end, Israel will stand alone. That will be the time when they achieve the greatest victory. They will no longer rely on their super technology, having the best air force and the best soldiers in the world, but they will be ordered to destroy all weapons, because the Messiah has then come.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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