If the South Koeans can't handle the free market then they shouldn't get involved in business. Just because Israel was interested in the South Korean plane doesn't obligate it to buy the thing and if Italy can offer a better deal then its for South Korea to offer a more tempting offer rather than moan it puts them at a disadvanage. Personally I think it would have been more profitable if Israel hadn't considered any of them but had given the Lavi a new lease of life but this time as a trainer. Lavi was designed to be easy to convert into a trainer to save the IAF having to buy dedicated trainers like these. The Lavi is old technology in the fighter jet market because its the same generation as F16 but because trainers are supposed to be nice and simple its ideal for the dedicated jet trainer market which is also much less crowded than the one for combat planes. The best thing about going with Lavi would have been that it could have been exported as a trainer and as its unlikely the Americans would have any objections to that. Also whilst the IAF is going to chose the plane they want IAI will buy and own them and they will be leased to the IAF. IAI also designed the Lavi so if they had just tried to sell the idea to the IAF it could have been twice as profitable for them as they would be building a plane they designed and it would possibly open up new markets to them for their plane which otherwise won't make anybody any money.
Remand of Meir Ettinger, Israel's most wanted Jewish terror suspect, extended (Haaretz)