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Israel's Lavi Fighter Jet was "Killed" Because It Was Better and Cheaper Than the US F-16!
Winston MidEast Analysis & Commentary
July 24, 2011
Dear Friends, This is a good, positive story about Israel's high-tech accomplishments, the Heron TP (Eitan) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
However, the sentence about the Lavi fighter jet that Israel invented is not complete. The Lavi was beaten down by American pressure BECAUSE in test-flights the LAVI out-flew the American F-16, built by General Dynamics. The Lavi was also much cheaper per plane. America didn't like that kind of competition so the forces-that-be sent Dov Zakheim, purportedly an Orthodox Jew, to convince Israel that she was "too small" to produce her own airplanes. This was called the "Rosh Katan" syndrome.
More than 250 American manufacturers were partnered in making segments of the Lavi, bringing thousands of jobs to American workers - as well as promoting Israel's industrial capabilities.
The Yitzhak Rabin Cabinet voted down the Lavi, AFTER THE US CONGRESS HAD JUST VOTED TO RE-UP AMERICA'S FINANCIAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THIS EXCELLENT PLANE. It was Rabin who cast the negative tie vote in his own Cabinet. This defeatism led to a downward spiral for several years in Israel's self-confidence about manufacturing her incredibly clever inventions. The Rabin Cabinet's castration of the Lavi, after her spectacular roll-out at Ben Gurion Airport (I was there), and after Congress had voted to appropriate American funds to co-produce this cheaper, better plane was a huge insult to the American Congress and those in America who supported the Lavi Israel/American co-production (including Congressman Jack Kemp).
Thank G-d Israel has overcome this body-blow, BUT IT IS STILL A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR THE NEAR FUTURE!!!! BEWARE THE CURRENT AMERICAN POLITICAL MACHINE AND THE OBAMA ATTACKS ON ISRAEL. JUST MORE OF THE SAME DESTRUCTIVE ATTACK AGAINST ISRAEL OR SHE MIGHT JUST WIN AND SURVIVE, B''H (with G-d's help).
All the Best,
Winston MId-East Analysis and Commentary
24 July, 2011