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Israel still wants 20 additional F-35 fighter jets even after the failure of a U.S. offer to provide the planes in exchange for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction
The 20 jets would be in addition to 20 Lockheed Martin Corp.-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, valued at about $2.8 billion,
‘Wasn’t a Bribe’
The U.S. currently provides Israel $3 billion annually in military aid. The program isn’t as sufficient to buy protection as it had been 20 years ago when it began, Oren said.
The F-35 planes are the “ballast in helping Israel maintain its qualitative military edge”
Discussion on providing Israel with an additional set of 20 F-35 jets began around mid-year, part of a longstanding U.S. undertaking to help Israel “defend itself against any Middle East adversary or a combination of adversaries,” Oren said. “It wasn’t a bribe, and was not intended to be a bribe, but part of ongoing discussions.”
Originally posted by tooo many pills
So let me get this straight, we offered Israel 20 F-35s to suspend demolishing of Palestinian homes and the building of new Israeli settlements for three months, but Israel was like, "Screw that, 90-whole-days? You've got to be kidding me, do you know how long that is?!?"
So no dice, the Peace Plan is completely off the bargaining table, but since we put the 20 F-35s on the table Israel, the cute little spoiled girl that she is, isn't going to just forget about them, she wants them and she wants them now as show of good faith toward future “peace” deals.
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by ModernAcademia
If Israel needs more money then just tax their citizens more..
Simple, that's what other countries have to do...
Since US is a Zionist puppet state, Zionists will TAX US.
I mean after all, they own US, no one can deny it anymore, I haven't seen anyone argue against it.
Originally posted by pplrnuts
Where do we get our elected officials? Is there a [color=skyblue]"Reject Bin" that we pull candidates from to vote into American politics? Where else can they be coming from??edit on 14-12-2010 by pplrnuts because: (no reason given)