US lawmakers present bill to integrate Israel, Arab states’ air defenses against Iran

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AMMAN — US and Israeli media outlets have revealed that the US will work with Israel and Arab countries, including Jordan, to integrate air defenses to thwart threats from Iran, under a proposed Congressional bipartisan law.اضافة اعلان

The bill gives the Pentagon 180 days to present a strategy for an integrated air and missile defense system for nine Arab countries and Israel.

According to Haaretz newspaper, bipartisan US lawmakers from both houses of Congress on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at bolstering defense cooperation between Israel and several Arab states with the US Defense Department’s explicit involvement, in order to thwart threats from Iran and its proxies.

The “Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses Act of 2022” — or the “DEFEND Act of 2022”, was introduced by Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate Abraham Accords caucuses, it added.

According to the Israeli paper, the Arab countries include Jordan and the six GCC countries, in addition to Egypt and Iraq.

The defense project, according to various sources, aims “to protect these countries from Iranian threats. Iranian ballistic missiles and drones are of concern to the countries of the region, especially those that have been attacked.”

US lawmakers argue that “Iran threatens the security and safety of Israel and our allies in the Middle East, who are working together to achieve peace in the region.”

“Iran is on the one-yard line in their pursuit of a nuclear weapon, and is threatening our allies in the region in numerous other ways. Strengthening our allies by building unity and enhancing shared security capabilities is critical to confronting Iranian threats to the region,” said one of the US lawmakers introducing the bill.

Last March, US General Kenneth McKenzie publicly urged Israel to integrate air and missile defense systems with its regional partners.

Last week the Tel Aviv based Channel 12 reported that “Israel has deployed radar systems in several countries in the Middle East, including the UAE and Bahrain,” claiming the measure was in line with joint cooperation in confronting “Iranian missile threats” and creating an early warning system.

Hassan Momani, professor of international relations at the University of Jordan, pointed to a steady relationship with Israel by many Arab countries, adding that the issue of normalization has gone through many stages, according to Al-Arabi website.

He added that the first normalization wave began at the end of the 1970s, in Egypt, and in the 1990s, when most Arab countries accepted normalization in the context of reaching peace agreements through the peace process, then the third wave came.

“The unified defense system expresses what may be common visions, interests and the concept of a single threat, especially when talking about the fact that these countries as a whole have strategic relations and partnerships with the US, and many of them see that the current threat is Iranian.”

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