Even though the US has routinely deployed forces to Zionist entity, it is only now opening an official permanent military base in the country.
It will be a “base within a base,” located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base in the middle of the Negev desert, close to a US military radar installation east of Dimona that tracks ballistic missiles.
From the base, American forces will be helping operate Israeli multi-tiered missile defense system, which the two countries developed together.
The base’s opening is largely symbolic and isn’t expected to bring operational changes, AP reported.
However, Israeli officials believe the establishment of the base will send a message to their enemies, especially Iran.
“It’s a message that says Israel is better prepared. It’s a message that says Israel is improving the response to threats,” said Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the commander of Israel’s aerial defense.
In his speech, Maj. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commander of US Army National Guard in Europe, said the base “symbolizes the strong bond that exists between the United States and Israel.”