The U.S.-Israel Alliance Is a Two-Way Street

At last week’s Republican presidential debate, Vivek Ramaswamy argued for reducing U.S. miliary aid for the Jewish state, eliciting sharp criticism from Nikki Haley. Ramaswamy appears to see American support for the IDF as a sort of favor, when in fact it is a partnership that yields direct benefits to Washington. Yoram Ettinger explains:

In June 2016, Israel became the first country to use the highly computerized F-35, [an American-made combat aircraft], operationally. Israel soon became successful in solving initial glitches, which had caused concern among prospective buyers.

The scores of Israeli solutions to the F-35 glitches—in the area of data gathering and processing, electronic warfare, and firing-control accuracy—have been shared with the U.S. manufacturer and the U.S. air force, sustaining the F-35’s superiority over its global competition; sparing [its manufacturer] Lockheed-Martin mega-billions of dollars in research and development; enhancing the manufacturer’s competitive edge; increasing exports by a few additional billions; and expanding the employment base of Lockheed-Martin and its multitude of subcontractors.

Israel is [also] the most reliable, battle-tested, and cost-effective ally in the region, and a potential beachhead of the U.S. in the face of mutual threats. As stated by some U.S. officials and analysts, Israel is the largest U.S. aircraft carrier, and does not require a single member of the U.S. military on board.

Israel shares with the U.S. more intelligence than many countries, and Israel’s battle experience has been shared with the U.S., saving American lives by serving as a basis for the formulation of U.S. air-force and ground-force battle tactics, enhancing military medicine, and training U.S. soldiers in urban warfare. . . . The mutually beneficial relationship between the U.S. and Israel is a two-way-street.

Read more at Algemeiner

More about: IDF, Israeli technology, Nikki Haley, U.S. military, U.S.-Israel relationship

Why Saturday Was a Resounding Defeat for Iran

Yaakov Lappin provides a concise and useful overview of what transpired on Saturday. For him, the bottom line is this:

Iran and its jihadist Middle Eastern axis sustained a resounding strategic defeat. . . . The fact that 99 percent of the threats were intercepted means that a central pillar of Iranian force projection—its missile and UAV arsenals—has been proven to be no match for Israel’s air force, for its multilayered air-defense system, or for regional cooperation with allies.

Iran must now await Israel’s retaliation, and unlike Israel, Iranian air defenses are by comparison limited in scope. After its own failure on Sunday, Iran now relies almost exclusively on Hizballah for an ability to threaten Israel.

And even as Iran continues to work on developing newer and deadlier missiles, the IDF is staying a few steps ahead:

Israel is expecting its Iron Beam laser-interception system, which can shoot down rockets, mortars, and UAVs, to become operational soon, and is developing an interceptor (Sky Sonic) for Iran’s future hypersonic missile (Fattah), which is in development.

The Iron Beam will change the situation in a crucial way. Israell’s defensive response on Saturday reportedly cost it around $1 billion. While Iron Beam may have to be used in concert with other systems, it is far cheaper and doesn’t run the risk of running out of ammunition.

Read more at JNS

More about: Hizballah, Iran, Iron Dome, Israeli Security, Israeli technology