Reports: Israel Frozen out of F-35 Development

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Israeli defense industry executives are reporting that the U.S. has frozen Israel out of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter development of a program as punishment for its military cooperation with China, including its work on Harpy anti-radar attack UAVs acquired by China from state-owned Israel Aircraft Industries in 1994. Israeli Defense Ministry officials refused to confirm the report, noting only that they were in dialogue and hoped that "within its framework understandings will be reached soon." In recent weeks the White House has warned European countries not to lift a boycott on China arms sales. The Bush administration has also pressured Israel to 'roll back' its defense relations with China....

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