Israel, U.S. Fall Short Of Full Missile Defense
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Israel and the United States have failed to achieve
full missile defense capability, a leading analyst said.
Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance chairman Riki Ellison, who concluded a
tour of Israel, said the Jewish state required complete capability to track
and destroy a ballistic missile from such countries as Iran and Syria. But
Ellison said neither Israel nor its ally, the United States, has achieved
100 percent missile defense capability.
"Today Israel does not have this capability nor do the current U.S.
regional assets have this capability," Ellison, a lobbyist for U.S. missile
defense programs, said. "Missile defense deployment and development here is
much needed and encouraged prior to Iran's development of a nuclear weapon."