IDF, US Rehearse for Iran Missile Attack


missile-launchersPerhaps in a rehearsal for an Iran missile attack, the Israeli and American armies began a joint drill in Israel today to test the two nations’ missile defense systems. Some 1,000 American soldiers have arrived in Israel for the drill.

Yedito Achronot report that the drill, code-named Juniper Cobra, is held every two years and is designed to test the joint Israel-American military responses to missile attacks, the radio said. Israel’s central missile defense system, the Iron Dome, is jointly funded by the United States.

General Eyal Eizenberg, who heads the Home Front Command, last week issued a reminder that the Home Front would be a prime target for Israel’s enemies during any conflict. Speaking during an IDF drill, Eizenberg said that the enemy understood that what it did not launch in the open salvo of a conflict would not be an option as time went by. The enemy would try to paralyze Israel and demoralize its citizens using any weapons available, Israel Radio quoted him as saying, in order to achieve a ceasefire that would rule out an Israeli counter-offensive.

The Home Front, warned Eizenberg, is the second front in any war and central to the enemy attack.

{ Israel News Bureau}