Sunday, October 02, 2005

Another advantage of September 11

Former Shabak head Avi Dichter, a rising political star for the loonier side of Israeli politics, has revealed in a speech given at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution that the United States placed an embargo on selling helicopter parts to Israel from the start of the Second Intifada until the 9/11 attacks, based on the fact that the American-supplied helicopters were being used for targeted assassinations. These parts were apparently for AH-64A Apache attack helicopters supplied to Israel on the specific condition that they only be used for the purposes of self-defense, a condition that Israel finds amusing.