Trump Expands Military in Israel

The Trump administration this week became the first American presidency to open a military installation in Israel when it broke ground a new, permanent building on one of Israel’s air bases Monday, Defense News reported.

The installation, which will house dozens of troops and missile and rocket defense equipment, will be located at the Israel Defense Forces Air Defense School near the southern city of Beersheba.

While there is some controversy over whether the installation constitutes a “base” — evidence of just how thorny of a political issue U.S. military involvement in Israel is — it will be the first permanent military installation in the Jewish state operating under the American flag. The United States has operated an independent radar facility in Israel’s Negev desert for over a decade without Israeli involvement, however.

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