Israel to Seek Biden Support for Laser Defense

Israeli officials are expected to showcase an experimental laser air-defense system for President Biden during his Middle East visit next month in an effort to enlist American support for a project envisioned as a shield for Israel and its Arab neighbors against any Iranian attacks.

Known as Iron Beam, the laser-defense system has recently shown new promise in its ability to take down drones, rockets and mortars, fueling optimism in Israel that the project could provide the country with a new level of protection. Israeli Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett says the system is a potential game-changer in its defense against Iranian allies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

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