Israel and the United States have begun joint military maneuvers size majeure, Sunday, October 21, 2012 in the morning. The Jewish state is concerned about the potential Iranian threat. Operations will last three weeks. They involve more than 3,500 U.S. soldiers and a thousand Israeli soldiers.
On all fronts, Israel prepares for the worst. Sunday morning, the largest US-Israeli maneuvers began, for at least four test systems to intercept missiles and rockets.
The exercise, dubbed "Challenge austere" last four weeks. More than 3,000 U.S. soldiers and a warship of the United States, which moisten the Israeli port of Haifa, will take part. The bill will amount to nearly 40 million.
Officially, this exercise is not a direct threat against Iran. But according to all commentators, it is a deterrent maneuver, to make it clear to Tehran that the Jewish state is able, with the help of the Americans, to defend themselves against attacks by missiles fired from Iran, Lebanon or Syria, or Gaza.
Coincidence, it is also this Sunday began a practice of defending the population in case of earthquake strong amplitude. In this case, it is the civilians who have been called to meet safety, to limit the number of victims.