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May 15, 2014 9:19 am

U.S. Sidelines Israel in $13 Billion Polish Missile Defense Deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on an official visit to Jerusalem, on November 4, 2013. Photo: GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on an official visit to Jerusalem, on November 4, 2013. Photo: GPO.

Reuters Israel is poised to lose out on a deal valued at up to $13 billion to build a missile defense shield for Poland, an Israeli defense official said on Wednesday, citing lobbying by Washington on behalf of rival U.S. systems.

As compensation, the manufacturer of the Israeli David’s Sling missile defense system may get a role in a future U.S.-led arms sale to Warsaw, the official, who has been briefed on the competition, told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

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