I feel sorry for all the HP bloggers who expected Hagel to be the crusader against Israel, but that's just how it goes sometimes.
The US Defense Department is expected to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates next week that will provide missiles, warplanes and troop transports to help the Mideast countries counter any future threat from Iran, the New York Times reported Friday.
The arms deal will be the centerpiece of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit the countries next week, according to a US official. The agreement with Israel is expected to be finalized during a meeting between Hagel and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.
Under the agreement, the report said, each country would be allowed to purchase advanced armaments from American contractors. Israel would buy new missiles designed to take out an adversary's air-defense radars, as well as advanced radars for its own warplanes, new KC-35 refueling tanker planes and — in the first sale to any foreign military — the V-22 Osprey troop transport aircraft, which can take off and land like a helicopter but fly with the speeds and range of an airplane.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Just another example of the US-Israel relationship working both ways, uncovered by the HP: