Top Guns or Mavericks? Israel’s Fighter Pilots Have Taken Control of U.S. Military Aid Budget

The annual U.S. military aid budget of $3.8 billion is being monopolized by Israel Air Force jocks, at the expense of what the Israeli army actually needs

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

The first stage of the Israel Air Force’s new procurement plans was approved last week by the ministerial committee on defense spending.

The ministers signed off on the purchase of another 25 Lockheed F-35 stealth fighters and four Boeing KC-46 refueling tankers. It’s only part of a larger $9.4 billion shopping list presented by the IAF, but the political paralysis and personal rivalry between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz meant it took long months to authorize this stage, and no one knows when the next stages will be approved.

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