The Prime Minister gave a speech on the country’s advancement in the military and aerospace technologies on Monday, while visiting Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The company is actively developing “offensive” missiles, Netanyahu said, as well as weaponry “with special capabilities that no other country has”.
The missiles “can reach anywhere in the area and any target. This is the offensive power of Israel which is very important for us in all sectors,” he stated.
Apart from that, the country seeks to expand its foothold in space through launching “micro satellites,” Netanyahu said, while holding a mock-up of such a device. “Space is a huge sphere that the State of Israel is entering.”
The statement from the Israeli PM comes as the situation in the whole Middle East region remains tense. Over the past year, Israel has repeatedly attacked neighboring Syria, citing the alleged presence of pro-Iran militias and Iranian troops there. Syria, in turn, has repeatedly denounced such attacks as open aggression against the country.
One such attack resulted in the accidental downing of a Russian surveillance plane and the loss of its crew. Moscow squarely pinned the blame for the incident on Israel and its military endeavors in the neighboring country. Russia has since supplied the Syrian government with modern S-300 anti-aircraft systems.
In an event largely overlooked by the U.S. media, the Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would provide Israel with $3.3 billion in military aid along with over $500 million for missile defense over the course of the next year. The bill, officially titled the “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018,” is expected to be voted on by the House within the week. If approved and signed into law by President Trump, it would represent the “single largest military aid package in American history.”
rael’s upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a “Star Wars”-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed. The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. firm Boeing Co. , was handed over the Israeli Air Force.
“We continue to increase the vast qualitative and technological advantage over our neighbors," said Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon at the launch at a test site in central Israel, Israeli media reported.
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