In an address on Nov. 17, Barak said Israel's active defense system was
vital for any peace treaty with its Arab neighbors. He said this would
include the establishment of a Palestinian state in cooperation with the
Barak said Israel required funds, including those from the United
States, to deploy and operate a multi-layered missile and rocket defense
system. He said Israel wants to expand the production of Arrow interceptors
in a program with Boeing.
The defense minister said the Arrow and David's Sling programs were
funded by the United States with encouragement from President Barack Obama.
David's Sling was meant to intercept missiles and rockets with a range of up
to 280 kilometers.
"We have to thank the current administration for continued support of
Arrow and David's Sling," Barak said.
A key element of the Israel's multi-layered defense system was the
ability to detect rocket launches and predict landings. Barak said the
capability would enable Israel to limit its alert to civilian communities of
an impending missile landing.
"This will allow life to go on," Barak said.