“Israel is engaged in the moral equivalent of America selling Stingers to Hezbollah.” – Pat Buchanan, January 29, 1999 | China’s army conducted a military exercise last month with simulated missile firings against Taiwan and also for the first time conducted mock attacks on U.S. troops in the region… ” That was the jolting lead of a Jan. 26 story by Bill Gertz of The Washington Times. With those mock attacks, China is sending a message: We will collar Taiwan and drag the renegade province back to the embrace of the Motherland, even if it means war with America.
The United States is pressuring Israel to cancel plans to build early warning radar aircraft for the Chinese air force, but Israeli officials have countered by saying that the radar systems do not include American technology. Washington is worried that the planes will enhance the power of China and thereby have an adverse effect on the status of Taiwan. In July, the U.S. Air Force announced that it would sell advanced early warning radar aircraft, including the E-2T Hawkeye, to Taiwan.
The new year started off on a sour note for the controversial U.S.-Israeli “strategic relationship” when two reports from the Department of Defense and one from the General Accounting Office (GAO) highlighted Israel’s espionage activities against the United States and Israeli thefts of U.S. military technology secrets, and confirmed that Israel has illegally retransferred U.S. technology from the largely U.S.-funded Lavi fighter program to China.
WASHINGTON — It was like the unveiling of a monument, a tribute to the growing closeness between Israel and the United States that has evolved during the Reagan administration. The moment — 8:15 p.m. on July 21 — was celebrated with music, sweeping spotlights and stirring speeches. Then, from a special hangar where engineers and technicians had hustled round the clock for months preparing for this evening, the new Lavi jet fighter was wheeled onto the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv and introduced to the world.
According to an Israel Radio report, the Washington Times of Wednesday accuses Israel of passing laser technology to China and making attempts to obtain US restricted military software. The Times article quotes the United States Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as the source for the allegations.
Although allegations have been made on numerous occasions linking Israel to the illegal re-export of U.S.-origin defense and dual-use technology, there never has been an independently prepared, comprehensive and systematic analysis of the phenomenon available to the general public–until now.
The Defense Intelligence Agency suspects Israel shared with China restricted U.S. weapons technology obtained during a joint U.S. – Israeli effort to build a battlefield laser gun, The Washington Times has learned. Israeli government agents also have tried for the past two years to obtain embargoed weapons know-how from U.S. defense contractors involved in the Tactical High-Energy Laser (THEL) program, said officials familiar with a Pentagon intelligence report on the issue.