Israel Presents Strategic Shopping List to US (excerpt)
(Source: Ynet News; published Nov 02, 2015)
By Yitzhak Benhorin
Israel has requested that the United States provide an additional squadron of F-15 fighters, V-22 Osprey tilt-rotors and extra funding for the Arrow 3 program in addition to the annual aid package, Israeli media reported. (Israel AF photo)
WASHINGTON --- A new squadron of F-15's, modern tanker aircraft, helicopters, the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor, precision weaponry, and large scale financial aid for the Arrow 3 missile program - those are just some of things Israel is demanding from the US in the framework of a security aid package.

The aid package surpasses the typical annual aid package – which amounts to $3.1 billion.

The special aid list was presented in closed door meetings between high level officials from both countries. The list was clarified during a meeting between Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Washington last week, and is meant to help Israeli maintain is "Qualitative Edge" for the coming years.

The list was presented to US President Barak Obama ahead of a planned visit to the White House next week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Secretary Carter said during Ya'alon's visit that Israel would be the only country in the Middle East to receive the futuristic F-35 fighter, but Israeli officials have also asked for a squadron of F-15s – which would be fitted with the latest Israeli systems, and are often considered the "work horse" of the air force. (end of excerpt)

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