1,000 BUNKER BUSTERS TO ISRAEL
Not satisfied with 200 A-bombs, now Israel has asked the U.S. for tons of deadly munitions
By the American Free Press Staff
The Defense Department plans to provide 1,000 bunker-busting bombs to Israel at a cost of $77 million according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Congress has 30 days to object or the sale goes through.
The smart bomb, the GBU-28, is a laser-guided weapon whose warhead can burrow through more than 20 feet of concrete and up to 100 feet of dirt, according to AFP.
If the sale goes through, Israel will get other weapons as well. A Pentagon news release states that “Israel has requested a possible sale of 1,000 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB1), 150 BRU-61/A SDB1 Mounting Carriages, 30 Guided Test Vehicles, two BRU-61/A SDB Instrumented Carriages, seven Jettison Test Vehicles, one Separation Test Vehicle, two Reliability and Assessment Vehicles, 12 Common Munitions BIT and Reprogramming Equipment with Test Equipment and Adapters, three SDB1 Weapons Simulators, and two Load Crew Trainers. Also includes containers, flight test integration, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support.”
This is effectively a taxpayer gift to Israel. Debts for such sales are routinely “forgiven” each year, though this is ignored by the mainstream media. The $3.5 billion in outright aid is paid in a lump some up front, unlike other beneficiaries who receive quarterly installments.
Counting interest paid on money borrowed to give Israel, feeding its war machine costs Americans more than $10 billion a year.
Financing Israel’s brutal and bloody wars of expansion and occupation accounts for so much hatred for this country, not only in the Mideast, but also in Europe.
The sale comes despite concerns that the U.S. had been reluctant to sell the advanced weaponry out of fears that Israel would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran is locked in a confrontation with Israel over its nuclear program, which it claims is for civilian use only.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel would keep all options open regarding its stance toward Iran’s nuclear capability.
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(Issue # 39, September 29, 2008)