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October 31, 2013 11:09 pm

Chuck Hagel Announces Expedited Order of V-22 Osprey Aircraft to Israel

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U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, announced Thursday that the Department of Defense has decided to provide Israel with six advanced V-22 Osprey aircraft.  The move, he said, will “greatly enhance the range and effectiveness of Israeli special forces.”

“I directed the Marine Corps to make sure that this order is expedited,” Hagel added, speaking at the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial gala. “That means Israel will get six V-22s out of the next order to go on the assembly line.”

The delivery would make Israel the first foreign country to posses the tilt rotor planes, which are able to take off vertically.

The first planes are likely to be delivered in two years, according to the Los Angeles Times, and “they will be compatible with IDF capabilities” Hagel said.

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In his speech, introducing his predecessor Leon Panetta, the evening’s honoree, Hagel touted as “unprecedented” the cooperation between the U.S. and the Jewish state, and acknowledged the regional challenges that Israel faces. “Israel’s self defense capabilities and its qualitative military edge are essential to both Israel and U.S. security,” he said.

The Osprey was first used in the field in 2007 and has been used by the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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  • Israel4Evar

    It figures that that rabid anti-Semite Chuck “I eat Jews for breakfast” Hagel would give a measly SIX V-22 Ospreys to the Jewish Homeland. What a slap in the face to the Jewish people! Is that all we’re worth?

    It’s the ADL’s centennial anniversary! Show some respect! Do we have to wait another 100 years before we get some better firepower? Israel could be wiped off the Islamo-map by then!

    You’d think the Department of Defense would understand the unshakeable bond it shares with the Israeli Defense Forces. They’re both in the Defense business. Both of their mottos is “Never Again.”

    I guess the special relationship isn’t so special when it calls for special military goods. Does Congress no longer care about the world’s only Jewish state?

  • and egypt muslim brotherhood gets 20 F16’S..?????
    and 200 ‘abrams tanks’…?????

    and Israeli cannot get married and have babies because USA dissaproves of NEW HOUSING…?????

    but its ok for arabs to build illegally

    ONE MORE THING. WHEN IS IT PERMISSABLE TO CALL ISRAELI ‘SETTLERS’ FULL CITIZENS…?????

    OH YES, ANOTHER ITEM…CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO JUDEA AND SAMEREA…
    I KNOW THEY FOUND THE WEST BANK BUT JUDEA AND SAMEREA SEEMS TO BE LOST…..

    GEEE I AM SORRY, I forgot to mention…LAST I REMEMBERED…THE ROMAN WARRIORS CALLED JEWS AND ISRAEL A NEW NAME ‘PALISTINE’2000 years ago.
    whats with those arabs occupying Israeli land calling themselves palistinian for…?????

    ya know its amazing all the digging in Jerusalem and not one arab artifac was found….
    british, ottoman,roman and hebrew items were found…plenty, but not one arab artifac…..

    OH YEAH ONE MORE THING…..
    IN 1947 i think it was that the world agreed that JEWS SHOULD COME BACK HOME….WHAT EVER HAPPENED WITH THAT IDEA….I THINK THEY FORGOT ABOUT WHOSE HOME IT WAS AND IS……AND WILL BE….

    RABBOTAI…THIS IS A TEST, THIS IS ONLY A TEST.
    WILL YOU BELIEVE OR NOT………

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