More than once on these pages I've said that Israel must attain financial independence from America. That loan guarantees and US military aid may look nice, but are stifling our national growth and industries and other important decision processes.
The biggest profiteers from US military aid to to Israel are US military industries which is where the money must be spent.
I've repeatedly said that Israel must develop a fighter plane, and must sell it to India, a fellow democracy, and natural ally with a similar (recent) history and similar enemies.
Turns out Israel was planning to do that.
Saab (they make great cars) asked Israel to join with it to make a fighter plane and sell it to India.
Israel would design the electronics, radar and electronic-warfare systems for the plane (ours are much better than the Americans, which is why Israel only has Israeli electronics in the fighter planes we buy from the US).
The deal was worth $12 billion dollars for 120 aircraft.
Imagine that money coming in to Israel, instead of from US military aid that goes right back to US industries.
The US imagined that too.
The Pentagon (and not for the first time) forced Israel to back out of the deal
The given excuse? They are afraid US technology might make its way to India.
Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin and Boeing (US companies) are competing to send US technology over to India.
If this keeps going on, foreign countries are going to be afraid to work with Israel, if they know the US will kill the deal - as they have already done numerous times in the past.
It's time Israel makes a decision to cut the apron strings.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד