- NYT’s David Brooks: Obama has ‘manhood problem’ in Middle East
- Ted Cruz thanks Obama for denying visas to terrorists
- Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche
- General Mills apologizes for ‘right to sue’ confusion, reverses policy
- Dealer wanted in U.S. for art fraud nabbed in Spain
- Easter morning delivery for space station
- Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76
- Probe could complicate Rick Perry’s prospects
- Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout
- Obamas head to church on Easter morning
Pentagon cuts back on weapons to Israel
The Pentagon has sharply curtailed weapons-technology transfers to Israel as part of a dispute over Israel’s arms sales to China, according to Department of Defense officials.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said yesterday that difficult negotiations with Israel to resolve the dispute are not finished.
“We continue to raise these concerns with allies, friends, partners to look to them to take a responsible approach to arms sales to China,” Mr. Whitman said.
“We’ve had some long-standing concerns about the sale of defense technology to China that go back for some time,” he said of the Israeli transfers.
Mr. Whitman said the curbs on defense-technology cooperation with Israel are not a “blanket prohibition” and are not specific to one program, such as the Joint Strike Fighter.
He declined to discuss the details of the talks or the technology-transfer ban. A defense official said, however, that “the Israelis know what they need to do.”
“It’s a matter of them taking the actions necessary for us to be released from those concerns,” said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that U.S. and Israeli officials are working to resolve the dispute. “We’ve made our concerns known to the Israeli government,” she said in an interview on Israel’s TV2.
The secretary said she discussed the issue with Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and was assured that “Israel fundamentally understands why the military buildup of the Chinese is of concern to us.”
“After all, we defend in the Pacific,” she said.
Asked about press reports in Israel that the Bush administration has demanded the resignation of several Israeli officials involved in arms sales to China, Miss Rice did not answer directly.
“The issue is to deal with the problem and to deal with our concerns,” she said. “And I’m quite certain we’ll find a way to deal with those.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom on Sunday said in a radio interview that Israel was sorry for past arms transfers that ran counter to U.S. interests. “The United States is our biggest ally, and none of the things were done with the intention of harming U.S. interests,” he said.
Defense officials said cooperation with Israel in defense technology was cut back in April after intelligence reports that Israel planned to upgrade the Harpy anti-radar armed drones sold to China earlier.
U.S. intelligence agencies first identified the propeller-driven Harpy drones — which carry a bomb and home in on radar signals — in 2003.
Women losing coverage under Obamacare, too
- Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
- Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him
- Special Forces' suicide rates hit record levels casualties of 'hard combat'
- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Vulnerable Democrats must 'run their own race'
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- Feds approve powdered alcohol; 'Palcohol' available later this year
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- EDITORIAL: Republicans finally fight back in phony 'war on women'
- WILLIAMS: Bill Maher, comedian or bigot?
- NYT's David Brooks: Obama has 'manhood problem' in Middle East
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.