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    • zionist forever
    • 20.01.10 | 19:36 (IST)

    The biggest winners from military aid are the US defense contractors. There are lots of strings attached like the majority of Israels weapons it pays cash for must be American, that means no shopping around for whats best for Israels needs - if Amercia doesn't have exactly what we want thats tough The US also has a veto on who Israel can sell its domestic weapons to. China signed a multi billion dollar contract to buy the Israeli Phalcon AWACS no US techlology at all the US stepped in and forced Israel to cancel the contract and Israel had to pay China compensation. India wanted to buy Phalcon US said no and tried to sell them Boeings AWACS which was rejected & later the US gave permission to sell Phalcon to India. Turkey wanted to build a tank & they asked Israel for help the US stepped in said Israel isn't allowed and then tried & failed to sell Abrams to Turkey. No military aid means Israel has much more freedom & long term would probably earn Israel more than the aid is worth

    from the article: Israel set to become OECD's poorest member
    First published 02:17 20.01.10 | Last updated 15:58 20.01.10
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