JERUSALEM — Israel and the U.S. have successfully intercepted a series of medium- to long-range ballistic missiles in a joint drill.

The missile test in southern Israel was conducted Tuesday by the Israeli Ministry of Defense along with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israeli defense firm Rafael.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the tests, noting that Israel has earned a place “among global leaders” in the development of missile defenses.

The test follows a temporary U.S. troop deployment in Israel during the installment of an advanced American missile defense system earlier this month.

The close bilateral military cooperation against the backdrop of tension with Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah reflects the shared concerns between Israel and the U.S. about Iran’s development of long-range missiles.

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