US Opens First Permanent Military Base in Israel

In a historic first, the United States established a permanent military base in Israel this week at the Mashabim Air Base.

This is the first time the US has set up a permanent base in Israel.
Estimates are that several dozen US airmen and soldiers will remain at the base.

The Times of Israel reported:

For the first time in history, the United States on Monday established an official, permanent military base in Israel: an air defense base in the heart of the Negev desert.

Dozens of US Air Force soldiers will call home the new base, located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base, west of the towns of Dimona and Yerucham.

“It’s nothing short of historic,” he said. It demonstrates the “years-old alliance between the United States and the State of Israel.”

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