Friday, March 19, 2010

Obama blocks delivery of bunker-busters to Israel

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Officials said the U.S. military was ordered to divert a shipment of
smart bunker-buster bombs from Israel to a military base in Diego Garcia.
They said the shipment of 387 smart munitions had been slated to join
pre-positioned U.S. military equipment in Israel Air Force bases.


In 2008, the United States approved an Israeli request for
bunker-busters capable of destroying underground facilities, including
Iranian nuclear weapons sites. Officials said delivery of the weapons was
held up by the administration of President Barack Obama.


Since taking office, Obama has refused to approve any major Israeli
requests for U.S. weapons platforms or advanced systems. Officials said this
included proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters,
refueling systems, advanced munitions and data on a stealth variant of the
F-15E.

Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, was quoted as
saying that his country faced its biggest crisis with the United States
since 1975
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