Israel claims that the regional union has thwarted the Iranian attacks

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JERUSALEM – Israel’s defense minister said on Monday that Israel was helping to build a US-led regional air defense alliance against Iran and that the partnership had already thwarted attempts at Iranian attacks.

Defense Secretary Benny Ganz said he expects President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the region to further strengthen the alliance.

In testimony to the powerful parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defense, Ganz gave several details about the “Alliance for Air Defense in the Middle East”, including what other countries are part of it. He called it “the first element” of a shared vision “in the face of Iran’s attempts to attack countries in the region with missiles, cruise missiles and UAVs” – unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

“This program is already in place and has already allowed the successful interception of Iran’s attempts to attack Israel and other countries,” he said. Biden’s visit, which includes stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia in mid-July, “will support this process,” he added.

Israel considers Iran its worst enemy. Two years ago, he established full diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two Arab countries in the Persian Gulf that also feel threatened by Iran.

He is also believed to have behind-the-scenes ties with Saudi Arabia, ties that Israel hopes Biden’s visit can strengthen.

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