U.S. Official: Israel Faces Growing Threat as Foes Improve Rockets

(Bloomberg) "Advances in rocket technology require new levels of U.S.-Israel cooperation," Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, told the Brookings Institution in Washington Friday. "Despite efforts at containment, rockets with better guidance systems, radar range and more destructive power are spreading across the region." Shapiro cited the "tens of thousands" of short- and medium-range rockets amassed on Israel's northern border by Hizbullah. These and other threats to Israel's security are "real, growing and must be addressed," he said. "We are fully committed to Israel's security because it enhances our own national security and because it helps Israel to take the steps necessary for peace," Shapiro said.

2010-07-19 08:54:05

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