The U.S. military has deployed the THAAD missile defense system to Israel as part of a month-long joint air defense exercise between the two countries.
“U.S. European Command (Eucom) is currently conducting a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system exercise deployment in Israel, which is part of U.S. efforts to implement its operational concept & mission to assist in Israel’s aerial defense,” Israeli Defense Forces tweeted on Monday.
U.S. European Command said the THAAD system was deployed “in early March as a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to Israel’s regional security.”
“THAAD is the most advanced integrated air and missile defense system in the world, and this deployment readiness exercise demonstrates that U.S. forces are agile, and can respond quickly and unpredictably to any threat, anywhere, at any time,” the statement adds.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised themove in a statement, saying Washington’s deployment of THAAD is evidence of the United States’ “commitment to Israel’s security,” and would help in handling threats “from across the Middle East.”
“The American THAAD system is considered one of the most advanced systems in the world, and together with our defensive systems we are even stronger in order to deal with near and distant threats from throughout the Middle East,” Netanyahu added.