Israel gives US green light to place Iron Dome batteries in Gulf

The Haaretz newspaper reported this morning on the approval that comes amid the backdrop of the recent normalization agreements. Israel is not revealing the countries in which the batteries will be deployed

Israel gives US green light to place Iron Dome batteries in Gulf

A second Iron Dome battery is delivered to the US. Photo: Ministry of Defense Spokesperson's Office  

Following the signing of the Abraham Accords, the US is expected to place Iron Dome air defense batteries in the Persian Gulf area soon, in a move coordinated with and approved by senior Israeli officials, the Haaretz newspaper's Yaniv Kubovich reported, quoting defense officials. The reporter pointed out that Israel is not revealing the countries in which the batteries will be deployed, and the defense establishment claims that the deployment is not part of the normalization agreements. 

Kubovich mentioned that about three weeks ago, the Defense Ministry's Israel Missile Defense Organization delivered a second Iron Dome battery to the US Army as part of a 2019 agreement for the acquisition of two batteries. In a number of months, Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is expected to establish, together with defense giant Raytheon, a production line for Iron Dome interceptors outside Israel's borders.  

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