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Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China

by Bryant Jordan on December 24, 2013

mq1_predatorSecret U.S. missile and electro-optics technology was transferred to China recently by Israel, prompting anger from the U.S. and causing a senior Israeli defense official to resign.

The head of defense exports for the Israeli Defense Ministry resigned after a U.S. investigation concluded that technology, including a miniature refrigeration system manufactured by Ricor and used for missiles and in electro-optic equipment, was sent to China, according to the Israeli newspaper Maariv.

Another Israeli news site, Aretz Sheva, reports the U.S. is concerned the technology could ultimately find its way to Iran, which last year sought to buy military equipment from China for its nuclear program.

Ricor, on its company website, identifies a number of defense programs using its miniature cryo-coolers, including UAVs, airborne enhanced vision systems, missile warning systems, hand-held thermal imagers and thermal weapons sights.

The Maariv report identified the Israeli defense official as Meir Shalit, and said he apologized to U.S. officials on a recent visit.

Israel has a long record of getting U.S. military technology to China.

In the early 1990s then-CIA Director James Woolsey told a Senate Government Affairs Committee that Israel had been selling U.S. secrets to China for about a decade. More than 12 years ago the U.S. demanded Israel cancel a contract to supply China with Python III missiles, which included technology developed by the U.S. for its Sidewinder missiles, The Associated Press reported in 2002.

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Andy December 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

and Congress just give them $175 millions in AIDS….


Riceball December 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

We gave them AIDS? Wow, that's just wrong and here I thought that we were working on trying to stop the spread of AIDS.

On a more serious note, although I do understand that they are a valuable ally in the region we really can't afford to keep on giving them military aid like we do if they're just going to turn around and sell a bunch of the tech to China. Between Israel selling China our tech an their own espionage programs it's no wonder that China has made so much progress in such a short period of time.


Little Bill December 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I wonder if it is the Israeli government or some individual who knew of the technologies and hated the U.S.A. and Israel so he decided to kill two birds with one stone.


Musson December 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

I wonder if someone in the Obama Administration transferred this technology using Israel as the fall guy. Lord knows they hate Israel.


steve December 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Resignation of the traitor is not any punishment, and should NOT be aloud. This S.O.B. should be hung out to dry and to rot away in the desert Sun


Andy December 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Goole other Defense website and see how much we give to Israeli.


Nick December 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

With allies like this…


Andy December 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm

U.S. Congress gives Obama okay to fund Israel rocket defense

Lawmakers voted to give Israel $205 million for its production of the short-range rocket defense system, Iron Dome defense, by 410-4 margin.


Andy December 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

For the first time within the framework of its regular annual budget, the MDA has requested $220 million for Iron Dome batteries in fiscal year 2014, which begins on 1 October, plus an additional $175 million for FY2015.

If approved through the annual defence budget process, the extra money could come on top of the $486 million the White House and Congress have requested or added for the Iron Dome system in recent years after formal budgets were submitted. This includes $211 million in the defence appropriations bill for 2013, which US President Barack Obama signed into force in March.


Andy December 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

The $220 million request for FY2014 "is new money, and it is the first time funding specifically for Iron Dome procurement has been requested in our budget submission", the MDA says.

In 2012, House and Senate defence committees signalled an intention to approve spending up to $680 million on Iron Dome until 2015.


Andy December 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

July 27, 2012

WHITE HOUSE — President Barack Obama has committed another $70 million in U.S. military aid for Israel.


orly? December 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

So he's no radical Muslim extremist.


blight_ December 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

He's a Marxist, pro-Semite, anti-Semite, Muslim, atheist American Kenyan Soviet Egyptian Saudi Salafi Pakistani Chinese North Korean.

Confused yet?


Gordo December 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm
Bernard December 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

orly? December 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Again, no surprise.

But I'm sure people wanted the US to go to war with Israel back then too.

I mean, look what certain people kept saying about the President back then.


Andy December 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Administration is keeping to terms of agreement

Updated: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 | By Louis Jacobson

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to "implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade — investments to Israel's security that will not be tied to any other nation."


Andy December 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

and More of it.


david December 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

This should surprise no one. Israel spies on America almost as much as China and Russia. But when Israel is caught they always cry and say they must do it too survive even though the American taxpayer gives them most of our advanced technology free of charge.
The Israel gov't is not too be trusted. This is just another case that underscores this.


Howard Immanuelson December 25, 2013 at 11:52 am
guest December 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Excellent rebuttal.


Stan December 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Especially in the light of how this tech could come back and bite them on their ass by way of Iran and other such gifts to the human civilization. I mean this is a lack of foresight, understanding, and principles all rolled into one stinky falafel.


John December 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Why is the American taxpayer giving Israel 5+ billion dollars every year and the German taxpayer giving them over 15 billion a year? Shouldn't Israel be out of diapers and out of it's parents house by now??????


Kim Scholer December 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Careful here: Arguing against help to Israel - economic, military or otherwise - will automatically get you labelled an enemy of that state.


Ben December 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

God forbid them ever being self-sustaining. That would be horrible!


Joe_Sovereign December 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

If they had to support themselves they would have agreed to a peace agreement three decades ago.


Bronco46 December 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I've been along time supporter of Israel; but this could affect my support going forward. We are giving Israel a lot of the technology, that's helping keep them safe from their neighbors. They need to think hard about what they have been and are doing. We can't afford to keep sending the next generation of technology to people who are going to pass that tech. to our "enemies".
The sad thing is there's no way to fix this; the damage is done.


David Benedict December 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I stopped supporting Israel on 8 Jun 1967 after they killed 34 American Navy personnel and wounded another 174 when IDF attacked the USS LIBERTY in the Mediterranean. At first they had hoped to blame Egypt - then it was a case of mistaken identity which our govt. bought and shut down the investigation right after it had begun. Never did a full investigation. The KIA's and WIA's were compensated by Israel probably with our money. I was there on 9 Jun 1967 and saw first hand the damage done to our ship. I was on the 6th Fleet Staff aboard the USS LITTLE ROCK.


Musson December 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Exactly why I think this might be a set up.


blight_ December 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Not surprised. Perhaps we should give Pershing IRBMs to Iran, and show them how we feel about technology transfers.


Shai Brown December 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Sounds like a fair trade. US spies on its close ally for decades and in return Israel sells defense technology to China.

Honestly, the USA has zero grounds to complain about any wrongdoing with the constant bullshit they pull with *everyone*. Israel spends 75% of their so called "aid" on US military products anyway.


DHYF December 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm
Byblow December 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

So they graciously spend 75% of the $3 billion we give them each year in the USA. I see. Do they spend that money on things that benefit Americans, like new bridges, water treatment plants, schools, etc.? No, they buy US products with our money and use these products in Israel for the benefit of Israelis. That $3 billion gift each year — to a nation that has zero strategic value to the USA — enables these Israeli bastards to spend money that would have gone to their defense on illegal "settlements." They spit in our eye, even though they depend on us, and we beg their pardon. Israel is not a part of the United States of America!!


ted December 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Terms of the U.S. military aid is they Have to spend a certain percentage ( I thought it was 80) on U.S. weapons. Don't make it sound as if they are doing us a favor. In the past Netanahyu has said that Israel doesn't need our aid. Plus Israel has a budget surplus. Why are we giving them a dime? We have to borrow money and go further in debt to give them aid.


Dfens December 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

But when Boeing gives China B-2 technology so they can outsource major sections of the 787 they get to brag in the news about it. Israel has nothing vested in the decline of the US or the rise of China's military might. The US defense contractors, on the other hand, would love to have another war, cold or hot.


Christopher Bloom December 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Could you give us the definition of "B-2 technology" to clarify your argument?


Mama PLA December 26, 2013 at 12:06 am



guest December 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

When there is a major war, US defense contractors can count on the government spending hundreds of billions within 2-3 years. What other business sector has this kind of profit potential? None. The official business of the United States is war.


broken December 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

"U.S. demanded Israel cancel a contract to supply China with Python III missiles" Oh, you mean the PL-8? Yeah that missile is currently the widest deployed, most capable IR missile within the Chinese Air Force/Navy. Thanks Israel!

Let's not forget a host of other Israeli prodcuts that have ended up in Big Red's hands i.e. Harpy UAV, Lavi (J-10), Phalcon radar, Patriots, and a host of air to ground missiles from the Maverick to the Hellfire.


STemplar December 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm

If I was President I'd get up and ask if people understand why we spy on everyone now.


guest December 25, 2013 at 4:10 am

and then someone appears out of nowhere in the Oval Office with gun pointing at your pointy head and order you to be a good kid. You wet the floor uncontrollably and beg for mercy.

Next day, it's business as usual.


Taum Beene December 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

IF you would do that you have more intestinal fortitude than the occupier of the White House.


Loki December 26, 2013 at 3:50 am

I propose the President tells the NSA to put video cameras in all of our houses just in case too.


PolicyWonk December 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

So much for being the "trusted friend and ally" Israel/Netanyahu pretend to be and claim they are. Every time an event like this happens, Israel should have to lose a years worth of funding.

Then it'll stop. And if it doesn't then: kill it completely and let them hang themselves.


guest December 25, 2013 at 4:06 am

My first reaction upon reading this is that the story is US fabrication as usual. My second impression is that it's not Israel but the US that's deliberately leaking it as a way of ensuring continued Chinese lending. Think of it as a form of compensation for the losses China is suffering by investing in US T Bills. The government doesn't want to be the bad guy, so it blames Israel.


An American Veteran December 25, 2013 at 5:08 am

Up to now I have trusted news from "Defense Tech". This story is not in American newspapers and I doubt its credibility.


Roy December 25, 2013 at 5:27 am

FYI - the technology that was reportedly found in china is _Israeli_, not American (although the US Military might be using it…). The US is using its leverage to prevent Israel from selling its own advanced technology to "frenemies" of the US, such as China.


Joe Jonson December 25, 2013 at 7:12 am

This article contains such blatant fallacies it's not even funny. First, there was no American, and I repeat, NO American technology involved in this case. Ricor is an Israeli(!) company, which can be extremely easily verified. Second, the components in question were not sold to China, but to another European company, which deals with China. This was a failure of this particular public servant not verifying the end client, for which he took responsibility.


blight_ December 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Excellent point. RICOR is definitely an Israeli company. There's a branch, RICOR-USA that is established to get a foot in the door in American defense procurement (since we are supposed to buy from American manufacturing, even if that includes foreign manufacturing and/or final assembly in the United States).

This is like Pratt and Whitney Canada selling stuff to the People's Republic, and PW trying to wash its hands of the matter. If Ricor-USA gets a contract to develop something, and passes it along to the PRC…

I think I'll have to find the original article and cut through the reporting.


guest December 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

That's the way American media operates. It's an established culture now. They don't even apologize when the false stories get exposed. That's why you simply cannot rely on the mainstream media for accurate news and fair reporting. There has been a clear pattern of selective news coverage based on some kind of unspoken agenda.


SJE December 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Good points. I think part of the problem is that the Pentagon will continue to work with contractors who let their tech get into the wrong hands. If USMIL refused to buy from Ricor or PW for 10 years, the contractors would suddenly find it in their interest to be more careful.


Bobdob December 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

They are the worst ally. This isn't the first time and it won't be the last time they sell us out to China.


goldo62 December 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

i agree… When the six days war came (started by Israel) : General de Gaulle order to end the sell of 50 Mirages… one year later : they have the plans (very mysterious….. Dassault…. it is Bloch before…… bad planes in WW II but….. understand?….)
So , they product the Kfir…..a copy of Mirage….. they have not country they are a Community welds between them.
They create the Lavi : an improved version of F16 : american says stop : they sold to China : it is now the J 10…..


guest December 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

The Lavi and the J-10 are two different designs. They are in totally different weight class and require different software algorithms for aerodynamic control. Canard configurations had been under research in China since 1960's. Go ask any experienced fighter jet engineer.


Taum Beene December 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

Talk about selling out… Obama sold out the doctor in Pakistan that led the military to where Osama Bin Laden was. He sold out Seal Team 6. He sold out the 4 killed in Benghazi. Ho has sold out Isreal several times himself. People need to wake up and realize it is a GAME to all the people in power. We as citizens, of what country doesn't matter, are nothing but pawns.


PolicyWonk December 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Well, if we look at Obama's predecessor:
- He sold out an active CIA operative, and his own father (former POTUS and Director of the CIA) won't talk to him anymore (they make nicey-nice for cameras at political gatherings, and nothing more).
- He sold out the entire US military in Iraq by sending them to remedy a personal vendetta, on what that administration knew was false information. Over 40k casualties and $2 Trillion spent on that mess so far.
- He not only let Bin Laden get away - he allowed his entire family to leave the USA on 9/11 - when the entire air traffic control system was shut down.
- He sold out US national security by allowing a large portion of the US strategic manufacturing base, tens of thousands of dual-use technologies, manufacturing techniques, over 8 million jobs, and the tax base - move to communist China.

Compared to the above - everything wrong Obama has done doesn't match a decent fraction of even ONE of the above.


Les December 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

IF THIS IS TRUE, this country needs to re-assess it's defense programs and what we pass along to our allies. China is really starting to piss people off, and we definitely don't need our closest NATO partners contributing to the distrust.

Let all the terrorists and those out there who wants the US to fail, that they are on notice that we will not accept failure as an option.


guest December 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

China is the biggest lender to the US government. Our standard of living would have been far lower if China had not been supporting US government's deficit spending. You analyze problems like a little kid, focusing on one tiny aspect and ignore the overall picture.


Bernard December 26, 2013 at 8:53 am
Peter Davidson December 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

America should cut ties and leave them to their Arab and Persian neighbours!


Oli December 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Oli December 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Oli December 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm
Oli December 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Oli December 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

If the US gives billions in defense to ISRAEL They have a stake in the technology and companies that exist. Yes it maybe an Israeli company but where did it get its funding from. Where do all Israeli defense companies get there funding from. Israel would not exist with out US funding and support period. So when you say the company is an Israeli company to me its all semantics.


Stephen Nair December 26, 2013 at 11:40 am

If incidents like these are such a big problem for the US than why don't the administration give aid to Israel with a conditional clause in place. That way we won't have to bicker over who gives what to whom. Israel is doing exactly what the US does, supplying military know-how to the highest bidder. Now you know why NSA has to spy on the world. We cannot trust any country further than the formal relations established under international protocols. Most of the so-called technology transfer to other countries from the US were facilitated by our allies or 'loyal' citizens. Its unfortunate but the reality of geopolitics demand our constant monitoring of who does what. So all of you who cry foul over what Israel is doing should first support our government in its endeavor to keep tab of both enemies and allies alike.


Lance December 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Israels revenge fro Obama spying on there leaders????


Bastardus Obesus December 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Ricor is an Israeli company, morons! It sells Israeli tech used in America, but invented and designed in Israel. Please also note that Israel is not under obligation to transfer advanced military tech to America. Do you really want to compete with Israeli scientists and engineers? You may come to the finish as the fastest loser.


robertsgt40 December 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Israel has been selling everything the US has for decades. A buck is a buck.


Geoff Goldberg December 26, 2013 at 2:56 am

Thank you, happy merchant!

You are greatest ally!


DBM December 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

Never forget Israel is our allie and not our friend. They have their own agenda which coincides only because they are the only non muslim country in the area. Israel has a long history of corruption and selling our technology to china. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ The people sell china the same technology that will ultimately be used by Iran to destroy them. Guess they figure that before that happens they will move back to America with all that money they made selling us out.


ulisesvelez December 26, 2013 at 10:43 am



JERSEY ANGEL December 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

For Israel to do this type of thing is just wrong. You would think that Israel would be smarter than this.


Mikey December 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

A grain of Salt please.


Doubtom December 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Not one question as to WHY Israel would be 'giving' technology to China??? Was there profit involved? was this actually a "sale"? Can we justify continued support for such a bunch of back-stabbers.


John December 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm
Mark December 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

It's well known that a lot of China's tech advances in the past 10-15 years have come from the Israelis.


texmcfaden December 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm

So now, on top of the muslim terrorists, we have the jewish traitors.

It's time to stop helping others when we hav 1 out of every 4 American children going hungry in the "second wealthiest nation in the world."

It's bad enough America is no longer the best educated country, but now we rank #1 in the world for hungry children too?!?!??

Congress and the White House go beyond pathetic, and all of the "do-gooders" so concerned with children around the world are ignoring people on their own streets and in their own schools and churches.

How can anyone take a country seriously when it cannot even manage its own money or feed its own children.


Just like Israel for selling U.S. technology to an oppressor of people… which quite frankly has to be contrary to everything jews are taught!


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