Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that a new system designed to intercept medium-range missile has become operational, noting that Tel Aviv’s enemies have henceforth “put themselves in existential danger” if they try to attack Israel.
“I will reiterate, that whoever wants to strike us will be beaten, and those who threaten our existence are putting their own lives at risk,” Netanyahu said at the official ceremony on Sunday while inaugurating the joint US-Israeli missile interceptor at the IDF’s Hatzor base.
According to the Times of Israel, the event was also attended by American defense officials.
“Together we can meet challenges a lot better than any of us can alone. In this case, the white and blue is better together with the red, white and blue,” Netanyahu said.
Known as David’s Sling, the system is a joint project by U.S. Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency and Israel Missile Defense Organization.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that there was no alternative to this system. He noted that the new missile system was essential for Israel’s security.
“Thanks to this system, we will be able to deal with our enemies, which we unfortunately have,” the minister said.
The news came weeks after Netanyahu said that Israel will continue to conduct military attacks against Hezbollah targets inside Syria.
“When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it,” he alleged. “That’s how it was yesterday and that’s how we shall continue to act.”