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Israel Participates in the “Star Wars” Strategic Defense Initiative (“The Israel Lobby” excerpt)

Posted in Uncategorized by ce399 on 24/06/2010

Despite tensions over a wide array of issues – U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the 1981 bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor, Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights in December 1981, its invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and its abrupt rejection of the “Reagan Plan” for peace in September 1982 – security cooperation between Israel and the United States increased steadily in the Reagan years. Joint military exercises began in 1984, and in 1986 Israel became one of three foreign countries invited to participate in the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative (aka “Star Wars”). Finally, in 1988, a new memorandum of agreement reaffirmed the “close partnership between Israel and the United States” and designated Israel a “Major Non-NATO Ally,” along with Australia, Egypt, Japan, and South Korea. States enjoying this status are eligible to purchase a wider array of U.S. weapons at lower prices, get priority delivery on war surplus materiel, and participate in joint research and development projects and U.S. counterterrorism initiatives. Commercial firms from these states also get preferential treatment when bidding for U.S. defense contracts.

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. Pg. 33. John J. Mearsheimer and Stephan M. Walt (2007)

Alan Dershowitz replies to Mearsheimer and Walt’s working paper:

http://www.hks.harvard.edu/research/working_papers/abstract_dersh1.htm

http://ce399.typepad.com/weblog/2009/02/israel-participates-in-star-wars-strategic-defense-initiative-the-israel-lobby-excerpt.html

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