US, Israel Begin Largest-Ever Joint Military Drill


idf-tankThe U.S. and Israel simulated rocket attacks during their largest-ever joint military drill Wednesday, just as as real ones fired from Gaza exploded in southern Israel.

U.S. military officials insisted the joint exercise, called Austere Challenge 2012, was planned long before the latest flare-up between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza and a long-running debate over how to deal with Iran, unrelated to specific threats facing Israel. It comes at a time when Israel and the U.S. have openly debated the merits of a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, and as US support for Israel has emerged as a central issue in the upcoming American presidential elections.

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