from WW4 Report, Thu, 01/05/2012
Amid growing tensions in the Persian Gulf, the US and Israel are preparing to hold the largest missile defense exercise in the history of the Jewish state. Last month, Lt.-Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of the US Third Air Force, based in Germany, visited Israel to finalize plans for the upcoming exercise, expected to see the deployment of several thousand US soldiers in Israel. The drill will include establishment of US command posts in Israel and IDF command posts at European Command headquarters in Germany.
The US will also bring its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and ship-based Aegis missile defense systems to Israel to simulate the interception of strikes on Israel. The US systems will work in conjunction with Israel’s missile defense systems—the Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome. Gorenc will coordinate the exercise, set to start in the spring with Brig.-Gen. Doron Gavish, commander of the Israeli Air Force’s Air Defense Division. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 20)……………..
(for the complete WW4 report, see http://ww4report.com/node/10697)
The Guardian (UK), “Iran, US and Israel announce new war games as tensions rise in the Gulf”
Surge in military activity in the region comes amid threat of EU embargo on Iranian oil and possible closure of strait of Hormuz
Julian Borger, diplomatic editor, guardian.co.uk,
Friday 6 January 2012