Construction of Negev missile defense base run by U.S. troops completed
By Haaretz Staff and Channel 10
Haaretz.com/Channel 10 daily feature for November 11, 2008.
Pictures of an American anti-missile radar installed in southern Israel were released earlier this week, depicting a recently completed military base, which will house the first permanent U.S. force to be deployed on Israeli soil.
Construction of the base was completed in the last few days at Mount Keren near the Ketziot prison in the Negev. The star of the show is the new early warning radar system, which is meant to augment Israel's defenses against Iranian ground-to-ground missiles.
The radar is connected to a U.S. satellite warning system, which is meant to bolster Israel's defensive capabilities by issuing an immediate warning in the event of an enemy missile launch.
But no less novel is the American presence that comes along with the high powered technology. 120 American civilians and soldiers will be stationed in Israel for the first time, and it could be interesting to see whether that presence will affect Israeli military decisions with regards to its neighbors.