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Pakistan welcomes Israel

Graham Usher, Middle East Report, March 2:

One aim [of drawing closer to the US] is to counter Israel’s burgeoning military relationship with India, which includes, says a Pakistani general, the sharing of intelligence on Pakistan’s nuclear program. There is nothing especially new about this fear. What has turned the fear into paranoia is Pakistan’s perception that India has become the US strategic “choice in the region,” to be nurtured as a counterweight to China. In this strategic environment, says [former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz] Niak, the taboo on dealings with Israel appears to the regime to be not only outdated, but also self-defeating. “Rather, the perception is that increasingly open channels to Israel, including the transfer of strategic (nuclear) technology, will help restore the strategic balance in South Asia.” 

16 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    Great. And what happens when Pakistan seels that nuclear technology to Israel? Way to go guys.

  • Addamo

    Oops, that was means to read:

    "And what happens when Pakistan seels that nuclear technology to Iran?"

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Who says Khan hasn't already done that? Don't worry, though Pakistan is an ally, so we'll just smooth over the cracks with sabre-rattling somewhere else.

  • Addamo

    Woundn't that be ironic? Iran gets a nuke, thanks to Israel selling technology to Pakistan and overnight, becomes a partner in the war on terror.

    Life is stranger than fiction.

  • orang

    "Life is stranger than fiction", but business is Business.

  • captain

    There is nothing to suggest this is actually happening. It is merely the desire of the Pakis. Israel will not facilitate the Paki nuclear program despite the salivating of respondents here who would revel in the self-defeating nature of this transaction. Tight-man would like to think that it is just "business is business" because this would be an excellent parody based on his tight understanding of Jewish business practices.

  • orang

    Hold on now, my memory is not the best but I do remeber there was an "Iran-Contra" affair a few years ago? Could it also have been named the "Iran-Israel-Contra" affair?

    ..now don't make me Google "Israel arms sales Iran", I'm warning you.

  • captain

    Google away!

  • orang

    You have to take out the quotation marks..
    http://teaching.arts.usyd.edu.au/history/hsty3080
    "In the summer of 1985 the Israeli Government suggested to the Reagan administration that weapons be sold to Iran in exchange for the release of seven American hostages held in Lebanon. …… The opposition to this motion had little effect and in the summer of 1985 the President authorised Israel to advance with the salessales. .."

    See, Israel was doing it for humanitarian reasons.

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Is
    "… the sale of U.S. arms to Iran through Israel began in the summer of 1985, after receiving the approval of President Reagan. The report shows that Israel's involvement was stimulated by separate overtures in 1985 from Iranian arms merchant Manucher Ghorbanifar and National Security Council (NSC) consultant Michael Ledeen, the latter working for National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane. When Ledeen asked Prime Minister Shimon Peres for assistance, the Israeli leader agreed to sell weapons to Iran at America's behest, providing the sale had high-level U.S. approval."

    Even Wikipedia did not entirely remove the reference to Israel in the scandal, although it is strange that Israel is even mentioned.
    "In January of 1986, the administration approved a plan proposed by Robert McFarlane employee Michael Ledeen, whereby an intermediary, rather than Israel, would sell arms to Iran in exchange for the release of the hostages, with proceeds made available to the Contras. At first, the Iranians had refused the weapons from Manucher Ghorbanifar, the Iranian intermediary, when both Oliver North and Ghorbanifar created a 370% markup (WALSH, Lawrence E. "Firewall"). The arms were eventually sold – in February, 1000 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) missiles were shipped to Iran. From May to November, there were additional shipments of miscellaneous weapons and parts. However, Hezbollah proceeded to take more hostages after they had released old ones, and failing to produce any meaningful results, the arms-for-hostages program was finally cancelled."

  • orang

    ..and if you Google; "Israel arms sales", all sorts of sites turn up.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,150
    "US acts over Israeli arms sales to China

    Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
    Monday June 13, 2005
    The Guardian

    The United States has imposed sanctions on Israel after a dispute over Israel's sale of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – to China, according to news reports."

    Of course this is a disagreement between friends, quickly resolved.
    http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0509-07.htm
    "U.S. Arms Sales to Israel End Up In China, Iraq
    by Jonathan Reingold"
    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_1
    "Tensions Over Israeli Arms Sales To China
    Israeli arms deals with China are continuing to make waves in relations between Jerusalem and Washington. The Pentagon has frozen Israel's planned $50 million participation in the development of the Lockheed Martin (LMT ) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a huge project that could total over $250 billion. "

    Ha Ha , this one's a real good one; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6998
    "US Defence Secretary William Cohen has strongly criticised Israel's sale of advanced radar systems to China.
    Mr Cohen also made a proposed US military assistance package, which is estimated at $17bn, was conditional on Israel and Syria reaching a comprehensive peace agreement.
    He is in Israel for just 24 hours as part of a regional tour. "

    Of course we won't have that problem with Rummy.

  • captain

    Gee, how impressive. One 20 yr old story. You could almost hang a conspiracy on that! Tight!!

  • edward squire

    captain

    this would be an excellent parody based on his tight understanding of Jewish business practices.

    I beg your pardon. Are you saying that Jewish people have racially specific business practices?

  • captain

    calm down Edward. That was what was a thinly veiled comment from orang's post. If you have an issue with it, take it up with tight man.

    Nuance is not your forte. But thats ok.

  • orang

    oooh, your comments are getting quite ad hominem like wouldn't you say?

  • Chris

    Yes, it does seem to be. I'm glad you are becoming sensitive to such and that it will cause you to tone down your rhetoric.

  • Addamo

    Orang sensitive?

    Hmmm, I wouldnt hold my breath.