Israel tests new missile

Israel tested a classified new missile system.

Israel’s Defense Ministry announced Thursday that a missile had been fired from the Palmachim Air Base in the Negev Desert as part of a propulsion-system test.

There was no more information forthcoming, prompting the Israeli media to speculate that the missile was an advanced version of the Jericho-2, which is believed to be capable of carrying non-conventional warheads to distances of up to 1,000 miles.

Israel has stepped up its development of strategic defense systems amid concerns that Iran could acquire nuclear weapons within a few years.

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