September 13, 1990 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir greeted the arrival of two American Apache helicopters at an air base here Wednesday and said the United States is "obliged" to maintain Israel's military advantage over its Arab neighbors. Welcoming the delivery of the helicopters, which cost $350 million each, Shamir said the United States and Israel are looking at ways to "maintain and assure" a qualitative Israeli advantage over its Arab neighbors.
March 18, 1991 |
The White House is asking Congress to authorize a government agency that would underwrite sales of military products to NATO nations, Japan, Israel and Australia, a published report said today. Supporters argue that it would level the playing field with the United States' chief industrial competitors, most of which have export credit agencies that finance military sales, the New York Times reported.
March 23, 1991 |
The Bush Administration has informed Congress that it intends to sell Israel another $350-million Patriot missile system, the weapon that shot down Scud missiles launched by Iraq, the Pentagon said Friday.
July 2, 1987
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin met in Washington with Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and said his government has not yet decided whether to end development of the Lavi fighter, which the Reagan Administration has criticized as too costly. Weinberger has urged Israel to scrap the Lavi and buy U.S.-made fighters, but Rabin said "the alternatives can't meet our special needs." Weinberger made clear to Rabin that increasing the annual $1.8 billion in U.S.
March 4, 1987 |
Israeli military leaders want to scrap the over-budget Lavi jet fighter program, saying Israel can buy American-made warplanes cheaper than it can build its own, the Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday. The newspaper, quoting "very well-placed sources," said the Israeli Defense Forces' general staff has recommended purchasing F-16 fighters from the United States instead of building the similar Lavi, and using the money saved on the deal to fund other military projects.
November 16, 1993 |
The Clinton Administration announced Monday that it has offered to sell Israel 20 top-of-the-line F-15E warplanes, but visiting Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said he is uncertain whether his government can afford the $1.8-billion price tag. Rabin and Defense Secretary Les Aspin discussed the proposed sale during a three-hour meeting at the Pentagon. The prime minister, who conferred with President Clinton on Friday, is scheduled to leave today for Canada to continue his North American trip.