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America and Israel are engaged in the largest joint missile defense exercise

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America and Israel are engaged in the largest joint missile defense exercise

Published 18/10/2012 05:29 AM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States and Israel exercises a large missile defense in Israel this month sent a message of close cooperation while the two sides will evaluate their options over Iran's nuclear program.

He said commanders responsible for training it will last three weeks, the largest joint exercises conducted by the countries which will be allies simulate avariety of long-range missile attacks and short-term you may encounter Israel during a regional conflict.

Asked Albraijir Israeli Gen. Nitzan Nouriel if these exercises send a message to Iran, which has warned of all-out war if Israel tried to strike its nuclear facilities responded by saying "anyone can get a message of any kind of training."

He Nouriel during a conference call with reporters, "The fact that we are conducting training together and work together a strong message in itself."

His U.S. counterpart, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin in a more conservative response exercises "no place to send a message," he said, adding he was being planned, more than two years ago.

"These exercises will improve cooperative missile defense for Israel and promote regional stability and help ensure our military superiority."

Franklin said more than 3,500 U.S. personnel will participate in the training, including about 1,000 in Israel. He noted that the United States will spend on the exercises of $ 30 million, while Israel will spend about 30 million shekels ($ 7.9 million).

The weapons include U.S. Patriot missile batteries and ship defense system against ballistic missiles (Aegis) in addition to the missile-defense system levels is being developed by Israel.

The spokeswoman said the U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon) Lieutenant Commander Wendy Snyder said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will follow part of the training.

Dempsey had confused some Israeli leaders in August when he told reporters that the United States does not want to "participate" in an Israeli attack on Iran.

He also warned that military action unilaterally dismantle the international coalition to impose strict sanctions gradually on Iran, which insists that its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful.

The Iranian military commander said last month that the Islamic Republic would not differentiate between U.S. and Israeli interests and it would retaliate against the two countries if attacked.

And pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States to put a red line for Iran, but it will find that Israel carry out individual attacks against Tehran. Washington says it will not allow Tehran to obtain nuclear weapons but did not specify any red lines of its own.

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