Israel has been forced by U.S. pressure to bow out of a contract worth $13 billion to build a missile defense system for Poland.
The Poles were interested in buying David's Sling, manufactured at Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It is an advanced system designed to shoot down heavy rockets and cruise missiles using interceptor missiles.
Since the system uses missiles that are produced by Raytheon, a U.S. company, the U.S. quietly exercised an 'export veto' to force Israel to withdraw and allow Raytheon to get the lucrative contract.
Israel apparently went along with the veto even though Rafael is capable of producing its own interceptor missiles, according to what one of my Notorious Little Birdies told me. Based what a source identified as an Israeli defense official told Reuters, Israel's Rafael will be allowed to have a lesser role in a future U.S.-led arms sale to Poland.
"The Americans will be happy, the Poles will be happy, and there'll be something left over for us," he said.
Why is this story important? I just want the usual Israel haters who whine about 'all that money the U.S. gives Israel' to see some of what that $3 billion, almost all of which is spent here in the U.S. on American weapons buys.
Nor is this the only time this has happened.
Now you know one reason why America's alliance with Israel is one of the greatest U.S. foreign policy bargains in history.