Why Barack Obama cannot dump Israel....
Consider an Israeli firm called Plasan:
Plasan specializes in a very dense plastic composite product that affords ballistic protection without significantly adding to the weight of the vehicle. “Their work is exceptional,” says a senior Israeli defense industry executive about Plasan. “To convince the U.S. military that you are a reliable outfit is no mean feat. They did it all alone, without any help from a former ambassador or defense ministry director general.”
Plasan-armored mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) have been serving in Afghanistan since August 2009, and contractor Oshkosh Company has another 8,800 on order. In 2009 Plasan even opened a factory in Bennington, Vermont, to do the work for its American contract. But while the 350 or so workers there are American, the technology is decidedly Israeli.
There is more. Like Camero:
That applies to an even smaller company in Netanya, Israel, called Camero. Its engineers have come up with a way to use ultra-wideband wireless transmissions to see through walls—literally—and detect armed men and explosives on the other side. The Xaver 400 is barely the size of a laptop computer, but it’s dramatically shifting the odds in urban fighting in favor of the technology user, whether he’s an IDF soldier or a United States Marine. Indeed, in December 2010, one of Camero’s top clients became the Department of Defense.
Herman details how Israel developed a world-first short-ranger missile intercept system, Iron Dome, and co-developed its Arrow line of ballistic missile interceptors with the US. Israeli firms contributed much of the leading edge technology. And there is more.
Israel launched its first Arrow test less than two years from the program's start, and less than four years later Arrow made its first kinetic-kill missile intercept--ten years before the US matched the feat.
Israel's military culture gives it a huge edge. Almost everyone in the Israeli defense industry has been a soldier in the Israeli defense Forces, where individual initiative and taking responsibility are inbred from the very first days of soldiering; the same culture carries over into Israeli industry--and not just in defense firms.
Ten years ago Israel ranked 15th in world arms sales; by 2007 it had risen to fourth, and soon will pass France, to rank then behind only Russia & the US. At 6.7 percent of GDP, Israel's defense budget is equivalent to a US defense budget of $1 trillion; this is nearly twice the share of GDP that the US defense tab of $550 billion takes.
American soldiers appreciate Israel's contribution:
So does the future of American security have “Made in Israel” stamped on it? In one sense, it already does. At the Plasan plant in Kibbutz Sasa, the hallways are covered with poster-size copies of thank-you notes from American GIs. One of them is signed by Brian, an Army sergeant serving in Afghanistan who wrote that the Plasan armor saved him from a bullet that would have blown off his head if it had gone through the door.
“American soldiers come up to us at exhibitions, and tell me that they won’t get into any vehicle that’s not been armor-protected by Plasan,” a Plasan employee says. To date, there’s not been a single soldier killed by fire while in a vehicle that we armor-protected.”
Which is why Barack Obama cannot simply throw Israel to the wolves. Still, "O" will never call Palestinians "an invented people" as Newt Gingrich recently did, albeit it is essentially true, as no nation, governing unit or culture distinct from Arabs in general grew among inhabitants of the West Bank & Gaza until after World War I, and their plight (caused by the Arabs) did not become a global pet cause until Israel won the 1967 War.
Bottom Line. Much is made of how America sends foreign aid to countries that give little in return. Israel gives a great deal back to America. Friends of Israel can only await an administration that shows more appreciation--and in public, too--for Israel's many immense contributions to American security and to saving American lives.
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