The United States military will participate in “Juniper Falcon” a joint operation alongside Israeli Defense Forces troops in Israel next week.The drill will renew a bilateral strategic partnership as well as test the forces’ abilities to handle continued volatility in the region.
300+ US servicemen and women have landed in Israel for Juniper Falcon, the main IDF-US exercise of 2019. Side by side, we will strengthen our cooperation and readiness to face mutual threats. ????#SquadGoals pic.twitter.com/cZSQnQP5zo
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 7, 2019
Last month, Israel wrapped Operation Northern Shield in which the IDF destroyed six terror tunnels dug by Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist group. IDF troops continue monitoring the Lebanese border and have been working diligently to secure it from the development of more tunnels, it noted.
Israel endures ongoing rocket fire and rioting from the Palestinians in Gaza and Judea and Samaria. On Friday, the IDF reported 8,000 Palestinians hurling grenades and other explosives across the border fence.
What prevented 8,000 violent rioters in Gaza from infiltrating into Israel? Some barbed wire & brave IDF soldiers. As rioters threw grenades + explosives into Israel today, our troops stood guard, ensuring innocent Israelis living minutes away stayed safe. RT to show your support pic.twitter.com/njcNRBTN3b
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 8, 2019
U.S. troops based in Germany will be sent to Israel for the operation, the Pentagon said. The joint operation began Thursday and is expected to last for one week. This year the group consists of 300 Americans and 400 Israelis.
On Wednesday, the US purchased Israel’s Iron Dome technology. The technology directly intercepts missiles entering Israel. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu praised the move in a statement.
“This is a great achievement for Israel and yet another expression of the strengthening of our powerful alliance with the US and an expression of Israel’s rising status in the world,” Netanyahu said.
On Tuesday, Congress passed the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act” showing its strongest support for Israel. In regards to protecting the US Israel relationship, the bill penalizes businesses that boycott the Jewish state. It also provides the necessary tools for Israel to counter threats in the Middle East.
The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act would renew our commitment to Israel’s security, expand cooperation with Jordan, and impose new consequences on the perpetrators of Assad’s brutality in Syria.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February 4, 2019