Israel could be open to cooperating with Gulf states on missile defense and help act as a regional bulwark against Iran, a top defense official said on Tuesday.
“Things can be done, maybe in the future,” said Moshe Patel, chief of the Israeli Missile Defence Organization, when asked whether any Israeli systems would be offered to the country’s new allies in the Gulf.
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Both the UAE and Bahrain agreed to normalize ties with Israel earlier this year.
“From an engineering point of view, of course, there is a lot of advantage. That information can be shared, like sensors that can be deployed in both countries because we have the same enemies,” Patel was quoted as saying by Reuters.
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Shared enmity with Iran was a big motivator behind the US-brokered normalization deals between Israel and the Gulf Arab states.
Patel had called a press conference to announce what he said was the successful testing of Israel’s multi-tiered air defense system. The system is capable of hitting targets flying at different altitudes, allowing for any targets initially missed to be re-engaged.
• According to a report by Reuters, Israel could be open to future cooperation on missile defence with Gulf Arab states that share its concerns about Iran.
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The lowest tier of the system is Israel’s infamous Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor, active since 2011. It also includes David’s Sling mid-range interceptor and the Arrow system, which can shoot down ballistic missiles.
Israel has supplied the United States with one Iron Dome battery, with another one on order. India, Romania, and Azerbaijan have also reached deals to acquire Iron Dome batteries.
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