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Israel says regional air defense alliance foiled Iran attacks

YnetNews.com reports: “Israel is building a U.S.-sponsored regional air defense alliance, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday, adding that the apparatus has already foiled attempted Iranian attacks and could be boosted by President Joe Biden’s visit next month.

Unveiling what he dubbed the ‘Middle East Air Defence Alliance’ in a briefing to parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Gantz said such cooperation is already under way.

‘Over the past year I have been leading an extensive programme, together with my partners at the Pentagon and in the U.S. administration, that will strengthen the cooperation between Israel and countries in the region,’ he said, according to an official transcript.

‘This program is already operative and has already enabled the successful interception of Iranian attempts to attack Israel and other countries.’

The transcript did not name partner countries nor give further details on the thwarted attacks. Iran, Israel’s arch-foe and a regional rival of Arab powers, says any military actions it takes are defensive…”

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