WASHINGTON — The United States will soon link Israel up to two advanced missile detection systems as a precaution against any future attack by a nuclear-armed Iran, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday.
The allies are also in advanced talks on upgrading Israel’s Arrow II ballistic shield, though they disagree over whether it should incorporate an American interceptor missile, Barak said after meeting U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates.
Washington has been leading efforts to curb Iran’s atomic ambitions through sanctions, mindful of Israel’s threats to resort to military strikes if it deems diplomacy a dead end.
Barak told reporters that the Israeli and U.S. governments “see eye to eye on the need to keep all options on the table … though we may not agree on each and every detail.”
“It’s important the Americans understand our position, and I think that they understand it a lot better after this visit,” said Barak, who was one of the more vocal Israeli critics of a U.S. intelligence report last year that concluded Iran had shelved a military nuclear program in 2003.