With Friends Like US
According to the Jerusalem Newswire article, US brings Israel to its knees over arms sales, you have to wonder why Israel even continues to speak to us. Don't get me wrong -- I wasn't thrilled that Israel wanted to sell Harpy Killer unmanned drones to China, but I'm not impressed by arms we sell to Egypt or Jordan either. But we imposed sanctions?! Guess what else we apparently did.
The Pentagon had originally demanded Israel fire several senior defense officials involved in the sale, a condition Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Yuval Steinitz called “illegitimate” and “humiliating.”
I'll say. It's like we're punishing our 'of age' step-kids for having a beer -- after they've seen us do it.
According to Yediot Ahronot, under the deal Israel was pressured to accept, Defense Ministry director-general Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yaron and the head of the ministry's security, Yehiel Horev, would be forced into retirement. In addition, America would oversee all of Israel's future arms sales to foreign militaries.
“This is an unprecedented demand,” a senior security source told the newspaper. “This way, the caliber of Israel's weapons industry cannot function.”
Sounds like someone is asking for a double standard again. At this rate, why don't we just make it official -- Israel is our 51st state -- making it yet another one whose borders we don't care to secure. Never mind we're going to seriously affect their economy by this action.
“No country will want a third nation to know every detail about its weapons, especially not formally,” the source said.
No kidding! So what in the world could be the US's reason for this? One speculation...
Steinitz suggested last week that the crisis over the arms sale was more about promoting the US military industry by stemming competition than heading off any real threat to American security interests.
Great. So it's possibly just a giant game of hypocrisy? And monopoly-inducing? Charming, guy.
The United States continues to sell advanced weaponry to Arab nations still officially at war with Israel, as well as hostile neighbors such as Egypt, which pose an existential threat to the Jewish state.
Of course we do. Lovely.