Israel and the United States have begun a joint air defense exercise on Israeli soil, the US Embassy said Thursday, underscoring the close defense ties between the countries.
Embassy spokesman Paul Patin said the exercise, set to last for several weeks, involved the deployment of Patriot and Arrow missiles, developed to shoot down medium- and high-altitude missiles fired from neighboring states.
"The exercise takes place every two years," Patin said. "It's a regular part of our cooperation." AP
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