“Amid mounting international pressure, Israel affirms defense ties with US”

“Amid mounting international pressure, Israel affirms defense ties with US”
October 15-21, 2009
     Israel, recently facing international pressure with the so-called Goldstone report [1, 2] and deteriorating ties with Turkey [previously covered here], began a major military exercise with the US on Wednesday. The Juniper Cobra exercise, the fifth in a series started in 2001, will merge US and Israeli air defense systems against simulated missile attacks (Reuters, Press TV) and is expected to serve as a warning to Iran and other potential aggressors while reaffirming US commitment to Israel’s security (BBC).
     US President Barack Obama also surprised a meeting of Israeli leaders with a video message describing US-Israel ties as “much more than a strategic alliance” (Haaretz). Uzi Rubin argues that Israel’s defense ties with the US have remained consistently strong regardless of any difficulties in diplomatic ties (Xinhua).
Reuters | Press TV | BBC | Haaretz | Xinhua

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