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November 2, 2014 1:56 pm

Israel Signs Weapons Deals With United States and Canada

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An F-35 stealth jet on a test flight. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israel recently announced the purchase of a second squadron of F-35 multipurpose fighter planes from the United States. The news follows reports that an earlier sale of 19 new F-35s is moving ahead.

Israel Aerospace Industries will be assembling the wings of the new fighter, which will also include Israeli-made components. The assembly line for the F-35 parts manufactured in Israel is expected to be inaugurated this week.

Other deals, such as the continued joint development of the David’s Sling and Arrow missile intercept systems, were also reached. The deals were discussed and agreed to by Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon and his American counterpart Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel when they met in Washington last week.

Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems also announced a deal to supply the Canadian Armed Forces with mobile satellite communication systems. The systems being sold are exclusive, as they have the ability to connect to the U.S. Defense Department satellite network.

Despite recent derogatory comments made by unnamed American officials about Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, the deals point to a strong working relationship, and continued alliance, between the Unites States and the State of Israel.

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  • J.P. Wilcox

    While the United States complains of outsourcing jobs, the government will outsource the assembly of the wings and “other components” to Israel. Israel will then procure some of the fighters for purely defensive reasons, which of course will frighten long time enemies in the region, justifying the build-up their offensive capabilities. Meanwhile, billions of taxpayer dollars will be spent as we continue to lament excessive expenditures to improve the welfare of our citizens.
    Despite being far and away the most powerful militaryu of the top four industrial nations combined, proxy wars will slowly drain our economy and make us look weak. The only answer will be to deploy the newest military equipment that can only be used to engage in a high level conflict that will put us again in a war economy.

  • Historian

    Obama and Netanyahu do not get along since Obama tries to dictate to Israel the negotiating terms with the Palestinians that are totally worthless. Obama is clueless with respect to the history of Israel and the evolution of the Palestinians. He has not visited Israel in the 2 terms (suppose to be a friend and alley not visited. He found the time to visit all the Arab countries kissing their asses and bowing to them. Makes our US servicemen and patriotic citizens sick..
    Israel can not depend on Obama. I am surprised and ex[ect that Canada had a lot to do with the delivery and the US needs the technical components from Israel too.

    • “Historian”! You cannot be much of an historian, if you are so surprisingly unaware of the notorious fact that President Obama visited Israel in March 2013. A better use of the time of an “historian” would be to ask about the principal purpose of Obama’s March 2013 visit to Israel. My own guess is that for Obama the primary aim was probably to ensure that Israel would not act solo against Iran’s nuclear-weapons development installations. If so, Obama may then have successfully tricked Prime Minister Netanyahu with perhaps false assurances that the USA would ultimately act to deal with Iran’s race to nuclear weapons. In this respect, the jury is still out. However, some recent mocking remarks by Obama administration officials suggest that President Obama was then just trying to keep Israel on ice to allow Obama to run out the clock until it would be way too late for any Israel strike to be effective.

  • wm. j. levy

    I don’t trust Chuck Hagel and Obama for a second. I certainly wouldn’t trust them to deliver weapons to Israel.

  • Historian

    The US and Canada know and fully realize that the Israeli products are years ahead and technology is superior.
    Israel does not back down from it’s commitments unlike the US who because of the Israeli technology can not afford to distance it’s self.