– Israel blackmails US by Americans’ own money: Analyst (PressTV, Oct 31, 2014):
Israel’s decision to cancel a plan to purchase military aircraft from the United States could be interpreted as blackmailing, an analyst tells Press TV.
“This is some sort of a blackmail using our very own money. We give them this money for aid which is of course meant to purchase American weapons. So for them to take the money and then not buy the weapons I am sure that upsets quite a few people,” said Steven D Kelley, a former National Security Agency contractor from Los Angeles, in an interview with Press TV.
Israel has canceled a plan to buy military aircraft from the United States, amid already frosty relations with Washington.
According to Israeli media reports on Thursday, Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon decided to back out of the decision to buy six US V-22 Osprey military aircraft from the United States.
Reports attributed Ya’alon’s decision to Israeli budget constraints and a change in the Tel Aviv regime’s policies on developing weapons and equipping the military.
However, analysts say Tel Aviv’s withdrawal came amid the increasing deterioration of relations between Israel and the United States.
Kelley said the United States is under a lot of pressure to have some sort of retaliation against Israel’s ongoing settlement construction on the Palestinian land.
Washington and Tel Aviv have recently been engaged in heated arguments over the Israeli regime’s plan to build more than 1,000 settler units in the occupied Palestinian lands.
Netanyahu had earlier lashed out at Washington for condemning the Israeli expansionist policies, saying that US officials are “detached from reality.”