“All of our enemies should know that we will overcome them in both defense and offense,” the Israeli leader declared.
Israel and the United States say they have successfully tested a jointly developed missile defense system in Alaska.
“In recent weeks we have carried out three pioneering secret experiments of the Arrow 3 missile. These experiments were held in the U.S., in Alaska, in full cooperation with our great ally the U.S.,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“They were successful beyond any imagination,” said the prime minister, adding that “the Arrow 3 – with complete success – intercepted ballistic missiles beyond the atmosphere at unprecedented altitudes and speeds. The execution was perfect – all precise hits.”
On Wednesday, Iran successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile that flew more than 600 miles from the southern part of the country to an area outside the capital, Tehran, in the north, according to the Pentagon.
“Today Israel has the ability to act against ballistic missiles that could be launched against us from Iran or anywhere else. This is a great achievement for the security of Israel,” said Netanyahu.
“All of our enemies should know that we will overcome them in both defense and offense,” he declared.
Arrow 3, along with the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the Arrow 2 systems, is part of the multi-layered shield Israel is developing to defend against rockets fired from Gaza and Lebanon, as well as Iran’s long-range missiles.
To mark the occasion, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting.
“On behalf of President Trump and the Trump administration, I just would like to tell you how delighted we were with the successful results of the test of the Arrow 3 missile system, a critical element of Israel’s missile defense,” said the ambassador.
“The results were extraordinary. We’re very proud of our partnership with the State of Israel, the funding that we provided for this, the technical expertise that we added, obviously making our airspace available for this test over Alaska,” Friedman told the Israeli cabinet,” calling it “an extraordinary and an unprecedented example of the cooperation between our two great countries.”