Monday, January 4, 2016

For years I have been hearing about Israel's "fleecing" of the U.S. taxpayer. Among the many little known facts in this argument is that $1.25 of every dollar "given" to Israel is spent in the United States and supports U.S. jobs and economic growth.

Here is yet another example of U.S. pressuring Israel to use a particular technology in order to boost its economic viability. 

Our thanks to Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis who has been providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on Arab-Israeli relations to the world since 1992 for the tip! (http://www.imra.org.il)  

Israel Plans To Replace F-16s With JSF


 Courtesy - Lockheed Martin Aerospace
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- The Israel Air Force plans to retire much of its F-16 multi-role fighter fleet when the Joint Strike Fighter arrives in 2017. Military sources said the air force would phase out the F-16s acquired in the 1990s with the arrival of the fifth-generation F-35. They said the first step would be the dismantling of an air force squadron that consists of F-16Cs.

"These [F-16Cs] are the oldest operational F-16s in the fleet," a source said. "Over the last decade, we have concentrated our operations on the F-16I."

Israel, despite concern over flaws in the aircraft, has already ordered 33 F-35s from Lockheed Martin. The sources said the retirement of additional F-16 units would depend on additional JSF orders. The air force was believed
to operate 125 F-16 C and D aircraft.

The sources said Israel has been rebuffed in efforts to acquire a planned stealth variant of the F-15 fighter-jet. They said the air force has sought the F-15 to guarantee combat operations in case of difficulties with JSF.

Under its multi-year military budget, the air force was ordered to close training and combat squadrons. Over the last two years, the air force shut down both F-16 and Cobra attack helicopter units in expectation of the JSF
as well as additional AH-64 attack helicopters.

At the same time, the air force was preparing to use additional U.S. aid to acquire missile and rocket defense systems. The sources cited the medium-range David's Sling and short-range Iron Dome, meant to be coproduced
in the United States.

"The Americans are pushing us to use their assistance to acquire defensive systems as well as additional JSF," the source said.

http://www.menewsline.com/article-1173,36019-Israel-Plans-To-Replace-F-16s-Wit.aspx

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Comment for Today - Thursday, February 20, 2014:

So let me get this straight. 


In US Secretary of State Kerry's world, if the Arabs don't like something, a proposal gets pulled and they get presented with an "amended formula" - if Israel doesn't like it - tough... 


See it here in full color:



Kerry disappointed with Palestinian verbal attacks against Israel

By HERB KEINON, KHALED ABU TOAMEH, MICHAEL WILNER

LAST UPDATED: 02/20/2014 00:48 

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Kerry-Abbas-meet-to-discuss-core-issues-of-Israeli-Palestinian-peace-talks-341942 

The JPost article catalogs, again (is this the millionth or trillionth time?), the Arab leadership's position of "NO, NO, NO" that dates back to the late 19th century. The leaders said no and continue to say no to anything resembling acceptance of non-Islamic/non-Arab existence in the Land of Israel/Holyland.


All our leaders seem to hear is "huh?"


Have a great day!


Mike