Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially announced that a new system designed to intercept medium-range missiles has become operational and Tel Aviv’s enemies have henceforth “put themselves in existential danger” if they try to attack Israel.

“I will reiterate, that whoever wants to strike us will be beaten, and those who threaten our existence are putting their own lives at risk,” Netanyahu said at the official ceremony on Sunday inaugurating the joint US-Israeli missile interceptor at the IDF’s Hatzor base. The event was attended by US defense officials, the Times of Israel reported.

“Together we can meet challenges a lot better than any of us can alone. In this case, the white and blue is better together with the red, white and blue,” Netanyahu said, addressing among others director of the US Missile Defense Agency Vice Admiral James Syring.

“We have pioneering technology here, as Israel continues to be a world leader in this field. The ingenuity of our people and the fighting spirit of our soldiers multiply our strength against our enemies and enable us not only to defend the home front but to achieve victory in battle,” the prime minister said, adding, that he attaches “very great importance” to defending the home front, Ynetnews reported.

David’s Sling, formerly known as Magic Wand, is an air-defense system designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, tactical ballistic missiles, medium-to long-range rockets and cruise missiles.

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