(February 8, 2021 / JNS) Israel’s Security Cabinet on Sunday authorised the allocation of a $9 billion arms take care of the United States.
The deal, first reported by Israel’s Channel 12, contains the purchase of F-35 and F-16 fighter jets, SH53K helicopters, refueling planes, advanced weaponry and the Eitan, a new-generation armored personnel provider developed collectively by Israel and the United States.
According to the report, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Defense Ministry Director General Amir Eshel and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi supported the deal, which was authorised after seven hours of deliberation. Israel’s Finance Ministry opposed it, on the grounds that it might require Israel’s taking out $220 million in loans from U.S. banks—a situation that the ministry considers too dangerous.
The choice to purchase the gear had been delay for 3 years, the report famous, however was made on Sunday in consequence of strain from Washington to take action inside two weeks, or Israel would lose its place in U.S. manufacturing strains, which might end in a two-year supply delay.