US-Israeli missile war games begin

US warships help simulate missile attacks on Israel during two weeks of exercises.

    Tests will assess Israel's Arrow missile defence system and three US systems [GALLO/GETTY]

    Monitoring from the Negev desert, the US-made Forward Based X-band Tactical radar - capable of detecting long-range missiles - will track the Arrow missile system while transmitting data to a US joint tactical ground station.

    The war games come as Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, called for an end to "anti-Israel vitriol" at the United Nations.

    "Member states must once and for all replace anti-Israeli vitriol with recognition of Israel's legitimacy and right to exist  in peace and security," she said at a conference in Jerusalem organised by Shimon Peres, the Israeli president .

    She also stressed Washington's commitment to fighting extremism.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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