In first, U.S. establishes permanent military base in Israel
- Author: Ryan Wade Sep 21, 2017,
Sep 21, 2017, 0:41
The first US permanent military base was introduced in Israel Monday, less than a year after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
The facility, located within the IAF's School of Aerial Defense, will house dozens of American soldiers, permanently stationed in Israel as part of a task force.
Brigadier General Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the Israeli Air Force's Aerial Defence Command, said this demonstrates the "years-old alliance between the United States and the State of Israel". "It involved a significant allocation of resources, in the understanding that this was right and necessary and part of the United States' assets in Israel". The base is located within an existing Israeli military base in the Negev desert in southern Israel.
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The establishment of a permanent USA base in Israel "allows us to improve our defense, in discovery and in interception and in preparedness", he said. Exact sizes aren't clear, but estimates are that several dozen United States soldiers will remain at the base. U.S. National Guard in Europe Deputy Commander Maj.
Gronski also discussed the already close relationship between the two militaries. The amount exceeds U.S. President Donald Trump's initial budget request by $97 billion and eclipses a $549 billion military spending cap established by the 2011 Budget Control Act, according to PressTV.
The facility will house dozens of US soldiers stationed there.
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The building supports troops operating in Israel on a rotational basis, USAREUR said. The Iron Dome has also been deployed against threats along the northern border.
"The United States and Israel have long planned together, exercised together and trained together".
Earlier this month, the air force opened a new Iron Dome battalion that will be responsible for "more systems" and provide "better preparedness against the threats form the northern and southern arenas", he said. "And now, with the opening of this site, these crucial interactions will happen every day", he said.
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