Wednesday, October 26, 2005

US to Israel : Don't Honor $100 Million Contract to Upgrade Venezuela F-16s

An update on the "New Axis of Evil" TM

Israel, it seems, routinely guts and installs its own electronics systems in the F-16s it buys from the US. Presumably, the Isrealis believe they make better systems than the US (or we don't sell the same products overseas--even to our allies--that we use ourselves).

Under pressure from Washington, Israel has frozen a $100 million contract with Venezuela to make similar upgrades to that country's fighter jets. The pressure comes on the heels of a controversial Israeli deal with China to put Israeli electronics in a fleet of unmanned drones capable of carrying weapons.

An economic move or a political one?

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