Israel Places Order For 20 F-35s; U.S. Picks Up The Tab

Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak approved an order for 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in a deal valued at around $2.75 billion, according to Haaretz. The Israeli Air Force expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in 2015. The article quotes Barak saying the F-35 costs $96 million a copy. The entire deal will be funded by American military aid.

The F-35 deal had dragged for more than two years as the IAF wanted access to the plane’s hardware and software; they also wanted to install Israeli electronic warfare and configure it to carry Israeli-made missiles. The JSF program folks said no, that the deal was a “closed package.”

Although, if the Israelis place a larger order down the road, the JSF program said more Israeli-sourced components could be installed. To sweeten terms of the deal, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy more component parts for the JSF from Israeli firms; at a price of around $4 billion.

So, the IAF gets a squadron of F-35s, Israeli industry gets more orders for JSF components, and its all paid for by American taxpayers; certainly a win-win for the Israelis.

— Greg Grant

  • Glasseye

    Is Israel that important as a partner in the middle east? The U.S. has always supported the Israelis with money to purchase american made weapons. Lets face it; the U.S. and it’s tax payers are the only reason Israel is even still on the map!

  • Byron Skinner

    Good Morning Folks,

    Your last sentence says it all Greg, I agree.

    Of course for the sake of fairness the US should give an Islamic/Arab country 20 F-35’s also. This is just another needless provocation of the Islamic/Arab world by the US to placate the Jewish welfare state.

    I think in fairness we should GIVE a Islamic/Arab country and equal number of F-35’s, maybe the might even learn to tolerate us.

    And yes I’m tired of the US kissing Israel’s six, and seeing American being wounded and killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, because of problems that in large part caused by Israel and its arrogance and the timidness of generations of whining American politicians from both major parties in dealing with Israel.

    ALLONS,

    Byron Skinner

  • Byron Skinner

    Good Morning Folks,

    Now for the part the Greg left out. It is well know that Israel is selling US “Classified” military technology to the PRC as well as providing engineers and project/program management for PRC weapons programs, latest of course being the J-10/J-11 next generation fighter, I know it was a bust but that’s not the point here, and the KJ-2000 AWACS that the PRC is bragging is two generations ahead of the US’s AWAC’s.

    It is note that Israel also provided (sold) technology, engineering management and material assistance in building the PRC’s first AWAC that crashed in 2006 killing 40 among them an undisclosed number of Israeli engineers.

    No doubt with the first F-35 to arrive in Israel Israeli engineers will swarm all over it to “steal” US technology that they will sell to the PRC in another attempt to build a fighter aircraft. why doesn’t LM just sell tis information itself to the PRC since they will get in anyway?

    It’s with friend like Israel that we have well armed enemies?

    Or as the late Walt Kelly said: “We have seen the enemy, he is us.”

    ALLONS,

    Byron Skinner

  • blight

    So for every part bought in Israel, some American contractor’s order was slashed.

  • Ryan

    Im starting to get really sick and tired of reading this kinda stuff… whats next? a war with Iran? A war that the american public does not want… but im afraid Israel will get their war. And our men and women in uniform will pay for it with their lives…

  • Pete

    What else is new under the sun. We pay almost for everything they get and on top of that they tell us what to do. LOL who is in charge! David beats Goliat again. We subside their missle defense, their airforce, their navy, army and we even give them public housing subsidies and they tell us what to do. What a joke this country is.

    • fff

      Of course we pay for it.

      If you follow history, you would know that whomever controls (in this case, appease our Israel allies) Jerusalem controls the power.

      Here’s the looong list of empires who have controlled the “magic land” :
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jerusalem

    • JimmyC

      And on top ot that, the US taxpayers give them economic aid to the tune of another 3 billion, which, unlike any other recipient of American largesse, they get at the beginning othe year to collect interest. Israel’s economy is in much better shape than ours; thus, Israel should start paying the US back for the hundreds of trillions we’ve given them since 1949. How do they get away with all this? Ask George H.W. Bush, Senator Charles Percy, Jimmy Carter, or others who have dared to stand up to them, even if it was only once.

  • William C.

    I support Israel, but it is time to stop giving tem military aid $ when our military can’t afford enough as it is. If the Israelis want the F-35, let them buy it with their own money, and if they want to modify it to use certain Israeli missiles (can’t blame them as the Python 5 is a great AAM) let them do it as long as none of that technology ends up in Chinese hands.

    Meanwhile business should not be taken from American contractors to make them buy the plane.

  • Locarno

    …Okay, that’s verging on the ridiculous. Disregarding the issue of where the money is coming from (which is not something to do lightly!), why would you (as ‘USA Inc’ as a whole, rather than LM specifically) spend $4,000,000,000 to ‘sweeten the deal’ when the deal is worth $2,750,000,000?

    Incidentally, wasn’t the plan with JSF to recoup a significant portion of the costs with export orders? You may find that this causes trouble down the road on that front (and hence issues with the current unit price estimates) from other cash-paying middle eastern customers (Turkey for definite, as they’re a current tier 1 partner and would understandably be rather hacked off if their neighbours got free copies of something they’re building bits for, plus possible GCC export customers – Saudi is the big name but the island states aren’t exactly short on cash)

  • yesjb

    A stupid decision by Israel! But par for the course for that idiot Barak!
    Maybe you Yanks can sell (I mean give) them to Egypt instead.
    You think you’re the only game in town. Just wait!
    As for non-thinking xenophobes like Ryan…have you looked around at how your country in falling apart under your “great” president, while you’re spending trillions on 2 stupid wars that will ultimately succeed in failing. And in your addled mind there’s no problem with Iran getting the bomb. Just wait!

    • hawk666

      While you’re right on those points remember more than 60% of Americans don’t support the current administration and most people want Iran stopped now.

      • chris

        60%? source?

    • Chops

      As far as just wait-exactly what do you mean-if you don’t like America or our military tough.STFU.

    • tiredofit

      xenophobes? Lest you forget that both these wars are being fought for Israel.

    • carole bennett

      You lost me when you called Obama an idiot!

  • Mathew

    so now the US military get less aircraft , more workers are trhown onto the streets , more starving families , all to GIVE the regime in israel free F-35`s.

    its time to stop the judeofacsists once and for all – we the followers of Hasidic Judaism want to rid ourselves of the blight that has torn apart our country.

  • TribulationTime

    Really I dont understood. It´s not belived. Definitely Israel is The Choosen Country. Theren´t another sample slightly alike this in the history of humanity. Aside current politics in middle east. A country nominaly (Economy, population, military) marginal tells the The one Big Power of the Earth. “Yes you can sell F-15s but You give me 20 planes for free (2750M$) buy my components by 4000M$ (and depend on me to further shellings?) and I guess when I place more orders for free you want share total access with me. Madness or Simple Israel?

  • think about it

    You guys don’t know why we prop up Israel? Don’t you know who’s really in charge?:

    From Romans: 25 For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; he will remove ungodliness from Jacob.

  • yesjb

    Ahh, the anti-Israel (barely disguised anti-Jewish) chorus rises again in full volume!
    Never mind that any loans are always paid back. Never mind that military aid in the same ballpark is given to Egypt. Never mind that millions if not billions go to Jordan, PA, Pakistan and until recently Lebanon. Never mind the trillions going into Iraq and Afghanistan (oh but that keeps Americans employed, doesn’t it?). And what do you get in return? A strong ally? Nope! R&D that gets plowed back into US firms? Nope. Intelligence and recon info? Nope.
    What you get is continued hatred and paranoia, corrupt governments that will revert to jihadi islam as soon as you leave and an enduring contempt for America. For all those billions and trillions…WOW!
    But its only Israel that takes the heat.
    They day will soon arrive when the Israelis will say: “So long and thanks for all the fish”. Its the same mindset that you Americans had before WWII. While the Nazis were planning your demise, you went on blissfully ignorant of reality. There was no Israel then, but there were plenty of Jews to curse.
    Then the Japanese showed you it was time to take your head out of your ass!

    Oh and matthew, I just love your BS! “more workers are trhown onto the streets , more starving families , all to GIVE the regime in israel free F-35`s.”
    Uh, haven’t you heard of the housing market collapse and your sub-prime mortgage debacle? What a total asinine comment, but so typical for you. By the way have you figured out the percentage of production of those planes that goes to Israel…its about 2%
    As far as I’m concerned, you can keep your planes. Hopefully Barak will be gone shortly and not a moment too soon…such a serial incompetent! And the deal will be cancelled. One can only wish.

  • Drake1

    For a country that’s labeled as a modern day economic miracle, they operate like paupers. It’s time for this country to reevaluate the aide we give and the defense obligations we observe; one more area where the Independent Panel, dropped the ball.

    The Israelis are capable of taking care of their own defense and settlement needs without U.S. handouts.

    These w

  • Tom

    You can get mad at the idea of giving a weapon system away for free, but if military aid is going to be given away isn’t better to direct where that money is going? Sure its going to look like your giving the Israel 20 copies for free. But then over the next few years who is picking up the maintenance costs on the whole. Maybe they are paying for it, or maybe that is still directed military aid money.
    Think of this, the Brits have a new government that has to slash money, and their military is going to have to look where it can cut costs. With costs going up on per copy on the F-35 they will cut planes just to have a few. That in turn raises costs, and other partners like Canada and Australia might get less too. Tail spin of death…. Cost of wanting a kick ass aircraft.
    So what you going to do?

  • Brian

    Guys, this isn’t as sinister as some of you believe. It’s simple. We give Israel about $3 billion a year in military aid. They are now going to turn around and spend that money on jets from us. Better than spending it buying stuff from someone else.

  • John

    Israel is becoming a huge liability for the USA, in fact without our support and strategic alliance they probably will be gone, We have made a lost of enemies for our all the support they received from us, and the money we give to Egypt and Jordan is once again so they keep the peace treaties with Israel

  • Tim Adkison

    God said whoever supports israel will be blessed. So therefore as long as we keep favoring them and helping them out the U.S. Will be blessed. That is if you believe in god. If your an athiest or a muslim then I guess you will never be convinced

  • Tim

    When comparing Apples to Oranges, I’d pick Israel anyday. That’s because at least the Israelis still have some senses and their political structure might not be perfect but is still the most democratic out of the entire Middle East. I realize the numbers don’t make sense, but the overall picture tells you that we’d rather see the Israelis use our military weapons than, let’s say Russians, or French, for that matter. It is also logical that one of the best air forces in the region fly US jets instead of someone else’s. What’s a few billion USD for advertisement cost?

    • americanalltheway

      typical megaphone response.

    • cps

      there’s nothing “democratic” about the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

    • crackedlenses

      You forget that most of them fled for no good reason during the 1948 war (no, the Israelis weren’t going to kill them, or there would be no Arabs in Israel right now), or that Israel was founded then had to defeat the British-trained armies around it with a bunch of farmers. I’d say the wars they won for their survival count for something towards their legitimacy…

  • Jay

    Both Israel and Japan were going to buy the F22 until Obama killed the plane. With Israel going F35, Japan will likely follow.

    I can think of 3 benefits:
    1. advertising the JSF – if Israel has it other countries will want to buy. In the long run LM will sell more planes using Israel as marketing
    2. Israel becomes dependent on US to service and arm the JSF = leverage over how Israel uses the planes
    3. cool off the Israelis who want to hit Iran now – with a fleet of long range stealth planes Iran isn’t quite as urgent a threat.

    “leverage” is why we help Israel buy (from us) missile defense and jets. If Israel couldn’t afford these items they would be in a bind and would have to be much more aggressive to protect their citizens. This would probably require using ground forces to destroy Hamas and Hizbullah for good. The uproar would likely end the “peace process” which for some inscrutable reason is still considered a vital US interest by our clueless political class in DC.

    • When was the F-22 going to be exported? It’s been restricted by federal law for as long as I can remember.

  • Rich

    A couple of points for the misinformed:

    The Military aid is financed and paid back as debt. Not to mention that we dole out Billions of dollars in aid to everyone from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia.

    It is in all of our best interests that Israel maintians a significant technological edge on its neighbors. Israel is able to act where the US can not, and vice-versa. We need each other.

    Israel has become an indispensable ally in R&D. They were the originators of the UAV, and we are spending the $300 million on their iron dome system, because we want the technology.

    Lets face facts, in or current economic climate a couple billion dollars is nothing. 20 F-35s in the israeli air force would do a lot more good than another destroyer doing patrols in the south pacific.

  • TribulationTime

    Ayee, ayeee, ayee. The point here, like timmy said ins´t who is my friend or who is better. Or gifts to buy Wills. The point its the aided dictates the aider.

  • David

    Must be nice to have a sugar momma like the American taxpayers. Why exactly are we paying for this?

  • John Moore

    So what 2-3 years b4 the tech gets handed over to CH from Israel in a back door deal?

    Happened b4 no?
    And were they part of the group of countries that funded the dev? I know USA picked up most of the tab but CA, UK AU pitched in too no so ? is did Israel?

    • Greg

      Exactly my point couldn’t have said it better.

    • yesjb

      The Chinese will have their own long before that.
      Do you not know how many Chinese spies there are in the US?
      Jesus, man, wake up!
      Do you think the Chinese are idiots, that their brains are inferior to Americans, that they can’t do R&D?
      Rag on about Israel and the Jews all you want but try taking your head out of your ass once in awhile and see what your really up against!
      Oh BTW how many trillions do you owe China now?
      Maybe you can sell them some F-35’s to cover some of that debt, just kidding…

      • crackedlenses

        LOL!

      • americanalltheway

        megaphone

  • Steve B

    I’ve always been a supporter of Israel, but had to wonder when they started doing business with China. One would think that they would see the obvious conflict of interest in, on one hand, taking the free aid and latest military technology from the US while on the other potentially provided some of that very same high tech gear to a country that we could very well end up in conflict with.

    So my first thought upon reading the news was “Hope this technology doesn’t end up in China” !.

    SB

  • Yamash$ta

    Since when has Israel paid any loan guarantees back? As debt? WTF? How is it in all our best interest? The Hasbara hacks on this site are working overtime tonight.

    Israel is doomed by demographics and geography, the Zionist fantasy is coming to end. Israel can’t win a land war against the Hez. They don’t have the stomach in the missile age. The US better start looking for better options than a bunch of twisted Old Testament zealots.

  • archibald

    May 30, 2007 21:24

    Eliyahu advocates carpet bombing Gaza

    By MATTHEW WAGNER

    All civilians living in Gaza are collectively guilty for Kassam attacks on Sderot, former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has written in a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

    Former Sephardi chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu.

    Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings.

    The letter, published in Olam Katan [Small World], a weekly pamphlet to be distributed in synagogues nationwide this Friday, cited the biblical story of the Shechem massacre (Genesis 34) and Maimonides’ commentary (Laws of Kings 9, 14) on the story as proof texts for his legal decision.

    According to Jewish WAR ETHICS, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.

    (Ed. note: So by his own standards collective punishment of Jews for CRUCIFYING Christ is justified)

    The former chief rabbi also said it was forbidden to risk the lives of Jews in Sderot or the lives of IDF soldiers for fear of injuring or killing Palestinian noncombatants living in Gaza.

    Eliyahu could not be reached for an interview. However, Eliyahu’s son, Shmuel Eliyahu, who is chief rabbi of Safed, said his father opposed a ground troop incursion into Gaza that would endanger IDF soldiers. Rather, he advocated carpet bombing the general area from which the Kassams were launched, regardless of the price in Palestinian life.

    “If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand,” said Shmuel Eliyahu. “And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”

    (How about SIX MILLION? He JUSTIFIES the Nazi conduct, Israel owes Germany a 100% REFUND on those reparations).

    In the letter, Eliyahu quoted from Psalms. “I will pursue my enemies and apprehend them and I will not desist until I have eradicated them.”

  • Gino

    IT’S GOOD TO BE THE JEW.

  • George Wanker Bush

    All of this while Americans are having to put up with less and less. Roads and bridges crumble, health care is terribly expensive, education is falling hard, unemployment is at an all time high.

    Americans have to be the most ignorant and backward people on the planet.

  • Ron M

    What a poorly composed post.

    First of all, the US military aid commitment is long standing, this post makes it seem as if the US taxpayer is suddenly shelling out additional funds for Israeli jets, when in fact Israel is just allocating the aid normally given to purchase F35s.

    Incidentally, 80% of that aid must be used in the USA. Further, the production spinoffs mentioned above in the post make it seem like it is all US productions, us jobs etc being handed to israel when in fact the JSF is a multi-nation partner program with many countries producing / footing the production bill and components are being sourced from over a dozen countries.

    Israel is slated to possibly buy up to 75 JSFs, why shouldn’t it also benefit from what is a small production benefit over the next 30 years of the JSF global economy? Only becuase the post author has a bone to pick with Israel I guess.

  • Maxtrue

    like 60 years of rejecting Israel’s existence needs F-35s to justify? What drags people like you to Defense Tech?

    “PFLP-General Command Leader Ahmad Jibril: Our Battle Is Against the Oppressive and Arrogant Forces of the West, “Not with a Group of Jews”

    Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Ahmad Jibril, leader of PFLP-General Command, which aired on Al-Jazeera on August 2, 2010.

    Ahmad Jibril: This Zionist entity came to our region for a purpose – to protect the interests of the West in our important region. Our region has geographical importance, and has now become a coveted region of economic importance, after the discovery of petroleum and natural gas.

    Therefore, brothers and sisters, our battle is not only against a group of Jews who have come to Palestine. Our battle is against the oppressive and arrogant forces, which want to humiliate and plunder this Islamic nation. They tried to do so in the tenth century CE, when the European kings and princes came in the Crusader campaigns, under the pretext of restoring the Cross to Jerusalem. But they were liars.

    […]

    This is our land. We know full well that this conspiracy was not concocted by a group of Jews, who were gathered from all corners of the earth to settle in our land. Therefore, we said that this would be a long and difficult battle. Fifty years ago, when we laid the first building blocks of the armed struggle and the popular war, we said that these Arab armies and regimes would not liberate Palestine. Even at their best, their military capabilities do not suffice for this, and this is without considering their [tendency] to desert and conspire.

    We said: How can we confront this onslaught? How can we confront Great Britain, France, and the US? Therefore, brothers and sisters, fifty years ago, we said that our path was one of a popular liberation war, of resistance, of armed struggle. For fifty years, we have carried our weapons, and we know that these weapons are the path to the glory and honor of the nation.

    […]

    It was the resistance that achieved victories for this nation over the decades. Imaging this, brothers and sisters: If not for this resistance – first in Palestine, then in Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan – what would have become of this nation? We would have become slaves, and they would have used us for trade, and would have subjugated us.

    […]

    In conclusion, I would like to say that Mahmoud Abbas does not represent the Palestinian people at all. From where does he derive his legitimacy? He was parachuted down onto the Palestinian scene. He has no history, he did not participate in the struggle, or anything. We hear that like Salam Fayyad, he got 1.5 billion dollars from the US and Europe. That’s the only thing that Mahmoud Abbas has.” Memri TV transcript

  • John Shaheen

    We have been at war there for at least 65 years, actually longer. We always hear talk about being an “honest broker” in so-called peace talks. How can we be an honest broker if we “give” Israel super-modern fighters that even our services don”t have? It’s “********” and a “kabuki” dance that goes on forever, ad nauseum. Get real, it’s not going to be a 100 years war but a “1000 year war”!!!

  • Argonne18

    We should cancel this sale and all aid to Israel, military or otherwise. It amazes me that our government is so owned and suborned by whorish congressmen ( and president) and Israel firster fifth columnists, that we give away American jobs and money while our own workers and military do without.

  • Argonne18

    Oh bye the way. Israel NEVER PAYS US BACK OUR LOANS….Our bought congress always forgives the debt!

  • JJJ

    This is illegal aid as per the Symington Amendment:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symington_Amendment

  • Veritas

    Oh, I see the disinformation minions are out in force. They are trained to hijack the discussion, on one side or the other, yet give themselves away every time with the same ‘sound bites’ and racial profiling. Be aware. Do not let them. Peace to all.

  • johnny boy

    Is this the Hate Israel Forum.. or did I navigate to the hate Israel very much forum

  • MarkeyMark

    Never mind that any loans are always paid back.

    All loans to Israel are immediately forgiven per the Cranston amendment. They don’t HAVE to pay back.

  • Tony Murello

    This from the country that still does not admitt to attacking AGTR-5 (USS Liberty) and killing 30 US Navy men.Never paid a dime.

  • yesjb

    “bleed you dry”??
    I suggest you check out the sub-prime mortgage fiasco, AIG and Lehman Bros.
    Your own GM needed a huge bail-out but at least they have some brains and recovered.
    Buit your own industry has sold out to the Chinese.
    Your manufacturing industry has moved to China, mexico and elsewhere so people could save a few cents at Wal-mart.
    Mean time no one include you noticed that the jobs went with them.
    They didn’t go to Israel Mr King, but your either too stupid or too Jew hating to figure that out.

  • Thebes

    No wonder our nation’s highways are crumbling and our tax burden is crushing us.

    BTW, it is ILLEGAL to give these plains to Israel, a nation who has NOT signed the NPT but maintains an uninspected NUCLEAR arsenal.

    • Maxtrue

      Oh yes, the reason our highways are crumbling and our tax burden so great because we have yet to deliver 20 F-35s to Israel. Can you even see the absurdity of your remarks? Bush wasted more money in Iraq the first few years than Israel receives in decades which then goes back into buying US hardware.

      Were it not for that deterrence, Israel might not exist. It is illegal? Do you have any grip on reality?

    • Mike

      It’s not illegal at all. Since Israel has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, they are in no way obligated to follow it. Therefore, by having uninspected nuclear weapons, they are not breaking any laws because they are not subject to any laws against nuclear weapons.

      Tl;DR you can’t hold someone responsible for a contract they never signed

  • Susan

    Bankrolling Israel should be put to a vote of the American people. I think most Americans are tired of spending our money on their war machine for these many decades.

  • When 20 F-35s fly into Iran and Iran subsequently starts rolling land forces into Afghanistan or Iraq, that “bargain” disappears. And that completely ignores Israel’s inconsistency on technology transfer and espionage in the U.S.

  • nathan

    A) why should we be giving so much money to Israel?
    B) why should we trust them to not sell this tech to China like they have done with so much else?

    Other than these two points I have no issue with the transfer.

  • OHNO

    aren’t we broke, **** israel, if they can’t afford to bad,our government is betraying us so bad its an act of war. israel should sanctions on them for what they’ve done in gaza. i hope iran blows them off the map. as a mater of fact i think they should just blow each other off the map.

  • Trex

    America is going to get its collective ass kicked and its democracy, constitution and laws will be destroyed before the year is over. Americas days are over, why, no one gives a damn.

  • Curtiss L. Poteat

    Don’t people realize that some of the greatest spys busted against the U.S. were working for Isreal. Our Congress was elected to work for the American people, not Israel. We need to get rid of the Israeli block in our Gov. and Install supporters of our Military.

  • And the American taxpayer gets the bill… as usual. :/

  • Bob

    “Sweeten the deal”???? I thought that was when you throw in fifty dollar floor mats on a twenty thousand dollar car. In this car dealership analogy, the actions of the U.S. are the equivalent of buying the a fleet of cars for Israel and then paying four billion to a Jewish car shop to add on their own merchandise (stereo, wheels etc, to pimp their ride as it were)… all while firing the U.S. mechanics in your own dealership’s garage. The deal was too sweet when it was free planes… This is just ridiculous.

  • Bob

    @yesjb

    “They day will soon arrive when the Israelis will say: ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’.”

    That is threat? That day cannot come soon enough. I will believe it when I see it. Israel is a parasite.

  • Raptor007

    I don’t support Israel, and this is just awful.

  • crackedlenses
  • Casey

    Just saw this. Here’s what you do.
    “Why YES SIR!!, It IS only one billion US….(and shipping and handling will be 6.75 billion)….will there be anything else?

  • As a US taxpayer I find this a awful event. Having lived over 14years in the Middle East I feel it is understandable. We will buckle to the Israeli demands for their modifications and weapons, or the Israelis will just do them anyway. The US will benefit as IAI and their co-horts workout the bugs of our flawed systems. Israeli improvements are on every US Military Aircraft.

    My actual comment is how hypocritical the US Government and US Defence Industry are to support programs that give Multi-billion dollar Aircraft packages away for FREE. Then these same Politicans and Business men protest loudly about Illegal Foreign Government subsidies for competing foreign military programs like Dassault (Rafale)and EADS(A-330 Tanker). Pretty much the Pot calling the Kettle Black.

  • Alex

    Israel: the worlds biggest parasite.

  • passwordishemingwayN

    So when are the “teaparties” going to get all hot and bothered over my tax money being sent directly to Israel.
    SCREW ISRAEL. Im so tired of those scum. Nothing against jews, but Israel is scum. They need to get their damn hand out of my wallet. Those friggin thieves.

    • AJ-47

      Go live in Iraq and you will be happy

  • Chuck

    Why is the US paying billions every year to a country that is occupying another country illegally? Doesn’t seem right to me.

  • shapeshifter

    i’m new to this site. is this like the ONION?

  • michael

    you guys have no idea what ur on about. Its better to fund Israel and let them do the dirty work with Iran, then to send America’s military in and do it. Iran is a threat to global security. A theocracy that is allowed to aquire nukes is a massive threat and needs to be delt with. Its better to buy Israel a couple of planes to do the job then it is to send in aircraft carriers and putting them at risk to do it and also threaten american lives. Think about it.

    • AJ-47

      You 100% right, and we need to remmber that no american soldier died to defend Israel.

  • Venetian

    I want an F-35.

  • roland

    The entire deal will be funded by American military aid? Revise the agreement pact !! Pronto!!

  • steve corcoran

    300,000 of your fellow citizens lost their homes in july—but israel gets free money. beyond that i say nothing more

    • AJ-47

      Complain to your Presidant that gave away 3 Trillion Dollars and nobody know were it goes.

  • roland

    Between Iran and Israel, I will support Israel, but at this recession time and letting the tax payers money spend for their defenses is too much. We need to take a second look at the agreement pack and make a revision on the agreement made with Israel when necessary.

  • Tommie

    I cannot believe in a depression that our so-called ‘leaders’ would approve this BS. I need my mortgage paid, a few new cars, college paid for my kids, etc. Stop the spending on killing. No more help to Israel. Stop the disinfo from the media and our churches. Get a clue.

  • Bombs away

    For as long as we blindly support terrorist Israel with grants, aid and weapons, that’s how long the U.S. will be targeted by Israel;’s numerous enemies.

  • Aj-47

    If Israel will not buy the plan no one else will buy it. If Israel will buy it, more country will buy it.
    The problem is that Israel don’t need this aircraft USA force Israel to take it. The reason is above.

  • The F-35 is overpriced junk. Even with the US bribing Israel to advertise its junk, Israel should have said NO! Israel is committing a grave mistake in not developing its own domestic industry in partnership with Russia, China, India. This abomination is a product of pure corruption. Barak is little more than a US agent and a traitor.

    The thieving anglo-american imperialists should get the fsck out of the Middle East. We don’t want you here, and we don’t want your dollars. Take your dollars and your weapons and your CIA-MSM propagandized arab nazis and get the fsck out!

  • Mastro

    we should sell some stuff to the Saudis to pay it.

    • AJ-47

      Don”t worry USA going to sell them 84 F-15SE

  • Adonai

    HEY! Supporters of Israel ! Did you ever stop to consider that maybe the reason that they are giving them the jets for free is because they are setting the state of Israel up ? Give them the rope to hang themselves (Give them military supplies to be used against the arab countries ) , and when the time is ripe pull the rug from underneath their feet ( Oh sorry , we can’t support you guys with hardware anymore because our country is broke .) . Then when the dust settles the globalists take over after the LAST shoa (holocaust) . I’ve been watching it for years and it looks like everything is going to plan , PAY ATTENTION!!!

  • 1210 towbar

    You all comment on a little bit of sparkle laid out in the sun. It is the darkness so vast and deep.that we all can’t fathom, or begin to grasp…Tom Clancy land is where we belong..

  • Mada

    Outrageous! Israel needs to start picking up her own Tab. She gives nothing back in return save empty lip service and her own on going actions of a massive war against inarmed civilians, children, elderly and stealing Palestinian land. I do NOAA an American believe we should support this Zionist Government in any way. I also am upset we give monies to a country whose peoples and organizations were complicit in the 9/11 mass murder of over 3,000 defenseless Americans and International Citizens.

    Since Israel took over Pakestanian Lands in 1948,they have been taking monies from the American Peoples. We need to stop giving billions to Israel and arms, and give the monies to our own peoples. We should be pouring monies into our own peoples needs. Many are homeless, starving, unemployed across America. What is the matter with Obama? Why gun ho for war and selling arms to other countries? I songbird for him, that’s for sure. A President who can not care for Americans, but push war and arms while his own peoples suffer is not worth my vote!

  • not available

    ain’t there any sane news coming from our beloved Obama’s WH? Remember to vote for him in tnhe coming election.

    PS. I bet you,I and all those who are sane enough to compare candidates and v ote for the lesser evil!.

  • Mastro

    The Israelis were looking at the F35 from day one. They got F15’s in ’76 before most US units and got F16’s hot off the line as well (79 or 80).

    Do you really think they were going to rest on the teen series for the next 30 years?

  • Fred

    It is ironic that America will pay for these F-35 aircrafts while the economy of the United States goes down the drain. Since the 1950s, I believe Israel has been given over 150 billion dollars in aid, which does not have to be paid back.

  • Adam

    sanity and reason on defensetech? shocker! thanks trey.

  • blight

    This comments section has just gone totally bats and bananas.

    American military aid to Israel has been contingent on it being spent on American arms. If anything, this amounts to a subsidy for American arms manufacturers; as the Israelis dont need to haggle and the arms companies don’t need to look at ways to keep prices down.

    Israel is not /dependent/ on American military equipment because of these subsidies, at least when it comes to ground forces. They can continue to re-engineer old M60s (Sabra), or M113s (Zeldas?) or T-54s (Achzarit); or build their own stuff indiginously (Merkava and its APC counterpart).

    • blight

      I don’t know about IAI though. I suspect most of their air force will continue to be dominated by imports. Buying 20 JSFs isn’t significant in the jobs department, as it might allow for reduced employment to be continued for a few months or a year, depending on how many people you lay off and how long into the future you stretch production. Think of it as keeping a big factory open for a short amount of time, or shutting everything down to the bare bones and trickling out the JSFs over a long period of time.

      Food for thought: With foreign military aid, the Israelis could probably buy a strategic bomber every year. If only we were still making them…

  • Dee

    Isreal still needs someone else to pay it’s bills? Seriously guys [Isreal] develop an economy, make some money, and carry your own weight – eventually this gravy train will come to an end.

  • JZHY

    The US provides aid to many countries besides Israel of course. However the recipient countries are generally far poorer than Israel. If you look at Egypt with its dependce on tourism and Pakistan with its internal security problems – it is easy to understand why these countries need our support. The FACT is that the billions given to Israel are in fact NOT repaid. They are often waived by congress. While they may be primarily used to buy American weapons this not always the case. It is unfair to our other allies to offer such deals to Israel. Also no one has mentioned the case with Taiwan. Taiwan is willing to pay for weapons (blackhawks, Patriots missles, submarines, AWACs) however, America does not have the political will to sell it to them. The next cold war will be with China. No nation in the middle east, not even Iran is a direct threat to America at this time.

  • KarlKracker

    The military aid is a loan and is the same kind of transaction we provide to Egypt one dollar for dollar to each side: Israel/Egypt.. The loan proceeds are stipulated that the country buy American. The loans then facilitate lines of credit to make the equipment and increase our M-1 currency in circulation by the lending banks here in the USA. That is why congress approves foreign aid.year after year.

  • nh1

    what???

  • Casey

    Israel is NOT our friend! They helped orchestrate and carry out 911, dancing in the streets of NY after capturing it on videotape (these Mossad were arrested and let go — NOW THEY ARE BACK LIVING IN NJ). In fact, Israel is our greatest enemy (I didn’t know it either until I read how their AIPAC strong-arms Congress who’s afraid of them) and many, many articles about their involvement in 911. Israel does MORE SPYING on the U.S. than any other country. AGAIN, they are NOT our friends, although they’d like to keep up the facade. With our country and citizens BROKE, the fact that we’re paying for these planes so they can attack Iran and drag us into WWIII makes me SICK! Israelis have even sniped our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and blamed it on others — that’s their modus operandi (blaming others).

  • watchmanonthewall

    Well it is just another example of little Israel leading big America around by the nose. We develop it. We build it and then we give it to them only after we agree to let them build the parts. It really stretches the definition of friend and ally. The AIPAC influence in our government must be countered. But anybody that tries to mention it is immediately labeled anti-Semitic. It’s a rigged game…… And Beck and Hannity try and claim Obama is threat to Israel? What a disinformation campaign that is.

  • johny huang

    if obama rejects israil*s reguest of usd 20 billions aid they will go to china because there is their second home land during ww2 and israil will sell u s hi tech to china with more than it

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