The U.S. will oversee the construction of a secret underground facility for the Israel Defense Forces, named 'Site 911,' the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
The report said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will supervise the construction at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv. According to the Pentagon and the Corps, only an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman can provide an answer to what the purpose of Site 911 will be.
This is the latest and largest in a long history of military construction projects the U.S. has assumed for the IDF under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, the Washington Post said.
The project is expected to take more than two years to complete and the well-known Israeli architectural firm, Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects, is in charge of the aesthetics of site design. The facility is due to cost up to $100 million and to have classrooms, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, and very tight security.
According to the Corps notice, security concerns are so great that the employment of Palestinians is forbidden. Moreover, non-Israeli employees hired by the builder can come only from “the U.S., Canada, Western European countries, Poland, Moldavia, Thailand, Philippines, Venezuela, Romania and China."
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