Iron Dome to get airport photo op with Obama
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Iron Dome to get airport photo op with Obama

IDF to move missile battery to Ben-Gurion to simplify president's visit to see American-funded system

An Iron Dome battery stationed in the north near the city of Haifa, January 2013. (photo credit Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash 90)
An Iron Dome battery stationed in the north near the city of Haifa, January 2013. (photo credit Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash 90)

The IDF will transport an Iron Dome battery to Ben-Gurion International Airport ahead of US President Barack Obama’s arrival later this week to give the commander-in-chief a photo op with the missile defense juggernaut.

The Iron Dome and its bigger cousin, the David’s Sling anti-missile system, will both be mobilized to Israel’s international airport in the coming days in order to make it easier for Obama to pay them a visit, a defense source told Walla News.

“The Americans, with Obama’s leadership, financed a considerable part of the development of Israel’s multi-layered [missile] defense [system], and it’s appropriate to present Israel’s achievements to him,” the source told the news site.

The source said planners initially considered placing the battery on an IDF base and having Obama visit there, but nixed the idea after logistical issues arose.

Obama arrives in Israel on Wednesday for a three-day visit to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.

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