Israel Confirms Regional Military Project, Showing Its Growing Role

The Israeli defense minister, Benny Gantz, said Israel was working with other countries in the Middle East to combat Iranian military threats.

Patrick Kingsley and

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government confirmed on Monday that it is part of a regional military partnership to combat threats from Iran, in the latest example of Israel’s growing engagement with some Arab governments and the recalibration of Middle Eastern alliances.

The members of the new initiative, called the Middle East Air Defense Alliance, are working together with the United States against Iranian missiles, rockets and unmanned drones, Israel’s defense minister, Benny Gantz, said in a briefing to Israeli lawmakers.

“This program is already operative and has already enabled the successful interception of Iranian attempts to attack Israel and other countries,” Mr. Gantz said.

First reported by The New York Times in March, the military partnership is one of the most consequential outcomes of a diplomatic détente that was sealed nearly two years ago between Israel and parts of the Arab world, ending decades of Israeli isolation.

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