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Friday, February 24, 2012

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Iran is not a threat to Israel's existence, but if it acquired nuclear bomb technology, Israel wouldn't be the only country in the Middle East with the capability of selling nuclear weapons technology, something with which Israel has had a great deal of experience ever since getting the bomb. If Iran acquires the bomb, then it also becomes much more difficult to invade and capture its oil fields.

Israel is secretly selling nuclear technology to America's enemies in breach of a long-established agreement. The joke is, these are American weapons paid for by American tax-payers who generously subsidise Israel, going to a rising Communist superpower. Israel's relationship with its closest ally, the United States, seems to have hit a rough patch, with Washington apparently upset with Israel's clandestine dealings with China. The spat is not new, however. It has its roots in a decade-old issue. Old suspicions have returned. It is an explosion into the public domain of a row that has been going on for a few years. The quarrel is over Israel's alleged concealing from Washington of an upgrade of a major weapons system it sold to China more than a decade ago.

The United States claims that by upgrading the system, Israel violated its commitment not to transfer US technology to China without Washington's permission. Israel, however, insists that the upgrade was really just routine maintenance of a system that had originally been sold to China with US approval. What appears to have propelled this simmering tension into the open is a clash of personalities. According to reports in the media, US Under Secretary of Defense Doug Feith believes that Israeli Defense Ministry director general Amos Yaron misled him on the arms sale to China.

On Wednesday, Israeli media reported that Feith had demanded Yaron's resignation (the Pentagon has subsequently denied this). Israel is China's second-largest arms supplier (the first being Russia). Although diplomatic relations between Israel and China were established only in 1992, military ties go back to the early 1980s. Until formal diplomatic ties were established, the military relationship was covert. Israel sold about US$4 billion worth of arms to China during the covert courtship. In the 1990s, the Sino-Israel military relationship grew rapidly. In fact, arms sales contributed to the strengthening of diplomatic engagement.

Although the article cited here is older, the Israeli practice of selling nuclear armaments (and the American technology which went with them) to countries hostile to the United States goes on, unabated. They just don't want any of their neighbors in the Middle East to get in on the action.

And because Israel has nuclear weapons, but refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, every single dime of the billions of dollars the US forks over to Israel annually in financial and military aid is illegal, under the Symington Amendment

For the US, with "friends" like Israel in this context, who needs enemies?!?

AND YET... Israeli leadership is bringing incredible pressure to bear on the US government and military to "neutralize" Iran, with the cost to be spent in American blood and American money, and again sacrificed upon the altar of Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.

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