Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Go East

India China South Korea Israel America: Dry Bones cartoon.Stopping an Israel-India deal in 1998? According to Radio Islam:
"according to Defense News, Washington particularly targeted Israel because of a number of sensitive arms deals with India on the horizon.

Sources said that America was concerned over a possible $1 billion deal to provide India with an advanced phased-array early warning system called Falcon, which is installed on a Russian-manufactured Ilyushin-76 plane.

The system is completely Israeli developed, so Washington does not have the automatic veto it does over other weapons systems - like the Arrow anti-ballistic missile - which contain US-made components or which the US helps fund.

Indian Ambassador Ranjan Mathai confirmed that India is purchasing military equipment from Israel, but declined to go into details."

"...There is no conflict between us. Nations are known to agree to disagree," said one official.

There were suggestions that America is trying to tie Israel's hands so that it can sell to India itself.

US officials said that they are confident Israel wouldn't sell weapons or weapons systems that would aid in India's controversial nuclear program or in some way be redirected to enemies of the state.

"I'm confident we reached an understanding," said one US official." -more

An Israel-China deal stopped by the U.S.? According to The Arms Control Association in 2000:
"Aiming to end a prolonged public dispute with Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak told President Bill Clinton on July 11, the first day of a U.S.-brokered Middle East peace summit, that Israel would not complete a 1996 deal that would have given China its first advanced airborne early-warning (AEW) capability. Although upsetting China, the Israeli cancellation averted U.S. congressional threats to withhold aid to Israel if the AEW deal went forward. Washington and Tel Aviv are now holding high-level talks on strengthening their "strategic relationship" and avoiding similar future conflicts.

The United States went public last fall with its long-held opposition to the estimated $1 billion deal for four Phalcon radar systems when the first Russian-supplied plane destined for China arrived in Israel to be outfitted with the system. Designed to provide simultaneous long-range tracking of multiple air and surface targets, the Phalcon radar system, according to U.S. government officials, could impact the Taiwan Strait military balance in China's favor.

Citing the "need to help intimate relations" with the United States during and after the summit, Israel, the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance, publicly announced on July 12 that it would stop implementation of the Phalcon deal." -more

And now a South Korean deal with Israel has just been stopped by America? According to HaAretz:

U.S. allegedly elbowed Koreans out of Israeli power plant deal

"A tender to build a power plant in Rotem seems to have created an international diplomatic incident.

A group that includes the South Korean company Posco and the Japanese company Mitsubishi had been poised to announce this week that it won the tender to build the plant on behalf of OPC, a company controlled by the Israel Corporation.

But after the U.S. embassy allegedly got involved, and American officials met with Israel Corp. executives, sources told TheMarker, the company announced it would reopen negotiations with the American bidders, Woodgroup and General Electric." -more

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