Saturday, August 23, 2008
U.S. won't sell refueling jets to Israel, fearing strike on Iran
By Haaretz Staff and Channel 10
It emerged on Wednesday that the United States has refused to sell
Jerusalem new refueling planes, fearing such a transaction could be
interpreted as support for an Israeli attack on Iran.
Haaretz reported last week that the U.S. had rejected a request for
military equipment that would improve Israel's ability to attack Iran's
nuclear facilities. Jerusalem denied that report.
But new information released Wednesday revealed that the nature of the
equipment refused would strengthen the Israel Air Force in one of its
weakest areas. The IAF has in its possession only seven refueling
planes, many of which are more than 40 years old. Israel had requested
new Boeing 767 planes, necessary for refueling during long-distance
The Americans rejected the request roughly three weeks ago during a
visit to Washington by Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Iran's nuclear program before the end of the Bush Administration.
Contrary to Iran's claims that the program is for peaceful purposes,
much of the West suspects Tehran is attempting to develop nuclear