Israel has a generational commitment to its Patriot force, cemented by growing interoperability with sister systems from US European Command and significant support elements for US batteries stocked here and available to Israel in time of need.

US Patriot air defense brigades provide the backbone of a joint task force tested in biennial Juniper Cobra drills and honed by routine year-round cooperation.

“We work jointly during our routine so that in times of war, we will be able to do our job as best we can,” said US Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, in his first visit here this month as commander of the joint force designated to support Israel with manpower and weaponry if asked. […]