6 September 2010.
From DPA news agency:
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and his Russian counterpart Anatoli Serdjukov signed the cooperation agreement in Moscow.
Israel has already sold Russia of the 12 pilotless aircraft and would supply 36 more, worth around 100 million dollars, the officials said.
“We are also always in the crosshairs of Islamist terrorism,” Barak said.
The two countries have been in talks over a joint venture to develop drones, according to a military expert close to the Kremlin.
However, the United States – Israel’s closest ally – does not want Russia to acquire such modern technology, according to Igor Korotchenko, who heads a Moscow-based arms trade think-tank, the Ria Novosti news agency reported.
I wonder what Western conservative or self-styled “liberal hawk” pundits, who use to say that even the most hard-line and militarist Israeli politician is not hard-line and militarist enough against “the evil Muslim conspiracy” blah blah blah, but who often at the same time hail the Chechen nationalists as “freedom fighters” against the “evil Russian bear” blah blah blah blah, will make of this. Probably deafening silence, not any honesty.
For decades, Israeli governments have correctly defined the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a political issue about land, not as a religious war. Eg, in 2000, the Israeli government deported Christian terrorists who aimed at starting a religious war by blowing up Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.
Sadly, Mr Barak of the theoretically “Leftist” Israeli Labour party now seems to have abandoned this policy. By his comments on the Caucasus war and the Middle East, the secularist Barak helps violent extremists of all religions concerned.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Monday that Israeli troops would have to remain on the border between Palestine and Jordan even if a Palestinian state were to be established: here.
Talking about the Middle East: Lebanon PM: It was wrong to accuse Syria of assassinating Rafiq al-Hariri: here.