The first US military base in Israel has been officially inaugurated.
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. "This is the message that we can now more effectively respond to threats", said the commander of air defense of Israel.
"It's nothing short of historic", he said. "I appreciate the way the Americans respect the State of Israel", Haimovitch said.
"We've established, for the first time in the State of Israel, the IDF, a permanent USA military facility, flying the American flag", Brig.
"This is the message that Israel was better prepared. It will not get us to 100 per cent, but it will get us much closer to achieving important things during war".
"The new buildings located on the Israeli installation are not a USA military base", she said. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commanding general of the Army National Guard in U.S. Army Europe.
Both countries believe the establishment of a permanent USA base on Israeli soil will enhance the ability to handle future challenges. We'll have Israeli airmen, USA soldiers living and working side by side.
"The United States and Israel have long planned together, exercised together and trained together". The powerful system, which can detect missile launches from a distance of hundreds of kilometers away, was part of US efforts to improve Israel's defensive capabilities in the face of the growing threat from Iran.
In addition to Gronski, high-ranking military officers and officials from the United States and Israel participated in the ceremony, including Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, head of U.S. 3rd Air Force.
The David's Sling missile defense-system seen at the Hatzor Air Base, Israel, April 2, 2017.
Haimovitch noted that in addition to the establishment of the U.S. base on Monday, Israel's collaboration with the Americans on air defense would again be seen in a few months, when the two militaries launch the Juniper Cobra exercise in February.
Last week, the IDF established a new Iron Dome battalion.
The building supports troops operating in Israel on a rotational basis, USAREUR said.
The Rafael-built system carries 24 pounds of explosives and can intercept an incoming projectile from four to 70 kilometers away and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., which produces the radar system for the Iron Dome system through its ELTA division, has reported sales of it to various armies around the world.