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Source: United States of America
17 August 2005

U.S., Israel Agree To Consult on Future Israeli Weapons Sales
Nations affirm joint commitment to address global security challenges

The United States and Israel, in a joint statement, say they have agreed on a remedy for previous troubles in their defense technology security relationship.

Issued on August 16, the statement notes the strategic alliance between the two governments and their shared view of the global security environment.  It says their new agreement is "designed to remedy problems of the past that seriously affected the technology security relationship."

According to news reports, that refers to U.S. complaints about Israel's plans to supply spare parts for unmanned Harpy surveillance aircraft it had previously sold to China.  The concern was that the sales would upgrade the capability of China's anti-radar aircraft.

Israel's ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, was quoted as saying the agreement ends the dispute by dealing with principles, not details.  "And the major principle is mutual consultation," Ayalon said.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman similarly said there will not be an American veto for possible arms sales, but that U.S. officials will be informed and consulted.  Whitman said the agreement would begin to restore U.S. confidence in Israel's ability to protect sensitive technologies.

Ayalon said the understanding "creates a basis for renewed confidence and cooperation between the two defense establishments.”

Following is the text of the joint statement:

U.S. Department of Defense
[Arlington, Virginia]
August 16, 2005

U.S. Department of Defense - Israeli Ministry of Defense Joint Press Statement

The strategic alliance between the United States and Israel reflects common understandings of the global security environment.  In this cooperative relationship, the United States and Israel share information and consult on possible threats to U.S. and Israeli defense interests.

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Israeli Ministry of Defense have signed an understanding that is designed to remedy problems of the past that seriously affected the technology security relationship between their defense establishments and which begins to restore confidence in the technology security area.  In the coming months additional steps will be taken to restore confidence fully.

The signing of this understanding underscores the commitment of the U.S. and Israel to work together to address global security challenges.  Cooperation between the U.S. and Israel is important to the security of the Middle East and we expect that cooperation to continue.

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