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Alliance Tracker: May 9, 2017

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, right, shakes hands with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in the ministry’s Tel Aviv headquarters on May 9, 2017. (Photo: Israeli Defense Ministry)

Israel and the U.S.

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford landed in Israel on May 8, where he was awarded a commendation for his service in strengthening the U.S.-Israel partnership. During his third visit to the Jewish state, he is expected to discuss regional security challenges, including Islamic State in Sinai and the Syrian Civil War, with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The U.S. Naval Academy and Israeli Navy signed an agreement establishing an exchange program for cadets.

USS Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, made a port call in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, the commanding officer of USS Ross, said that the visit “demonstrates our resolve to maintaining an active presence in the area and engaging with our partners on common security goals.”

The U.S. and Israeli Air Forces are scheduled to start exercises this week at Ovda air base in the Negev. Israeli media reported that the USAF sent F-15s to take part in the drill. Ovda will also host seven different countries at Blue Flag later this year.  

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz called on Washington to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights amid the deterioration in security on adjacent Syrian territory over the past six years.


Israel and Japan signed separate cybersecurity and trade agreements in early May. The cyber accord includes “a joint training program, collaborative workshops and the contribution of Israeli experts to Japan’s Center of Excellence in Cyber Security,” according to The Jerusalem Post.  Officials say that the second agreement could double trade and will provide a framework for collaboration in “artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet of things, and autonomous driving.”

Israeli Technology

The IDF developed a training course using Oculus and Vive virtual reality headsets, according to a new Bloomberg report. The two technologies, developed by Facebook and HTC respectively, prepare soldiers for navigating and clearing Hamas tunnels from Gaza.  

Military Sales

Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin will meet with Israeli defense officials to pitch their CH-53K King Stallion as the IDF seeks to upgrade its heavy-lift helicopter capability. Boeing has also signaled it will compete for the contract, promoting its CH-47F Block-2 Chinook to replace Israeli’s aging CH-53 Yas’ur.

The U.S. State Department approved the possible foreign military sale of 13 76mm naval guns and supporting technical services for a cost of $440 million. The weapons system will be installed on the Saar 4.5 and Saar 6 Missile Patrol Boats in the Mediterranean.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) delivered the last of three Super Dvora MK III patrol boats to the Israeli Navy. The latest C variant offers “improved communications equipment, the latest weapons systems, an upgraded machine room, and more space for the crew,” according to Israeli Defense.

Regional Developments

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited Washington, meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. The president set an optimistic tone for brokering future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and raised concerns over PA payments made to the families of Palestinian terrorists.

Turkey’s domestically-produced Anka UAV test fired various munitions, according to an announcement from the government’s military procurement agency.  Pictures show the drone equipped with precision-guided bombs, rockets, and anti-tank missiles.    

The U.S. equipped the Lebanese Armed Forces with over a 1,000 machine guns with the goal of improving border security, according to a U.S. Embassy statement released in Beirut.

  • Davey Wavey

    The “Israelification” of the US continues unabated. Exchange cadets, joint exercises…what is the meaning of this when the forces are so incommensurate? What counts as training for a smaller country and smaller armed services surely is different from what training means for US conscripts and military personnel. Accordingly, this is not militarily serious: It is political, a show to assure Israel of the US interest in the Jewish State with which it shares almost no values whatsoever and a show to traumatize other regional powers, pathetic as they are.

    All of this “joint” stuff depends upon the Israel Lobby, an unregistered foreign agent organization functioning the US. Many, however, are pressing on the USG to enforce the law requiring registration as a foreign agent and with Zionism losing adherents everyday, AIPAC will eventually be forced to register just as Israel will have to extend all political and legal rights to a substantial presence of gentiles in the area of Jewish control.

    Until then, American Jews will find a way to continue to serve Israel’s interests in lieu of loyalty to the US. This betrayal goes on and on through generations and reaches from Hollywood to high offices in the USG, offices occupied by dual citizens who take oaths of office swearing allegiance to the US and its Constitution and then continue to work for a racist state thousands of miles abroad. This is another corruption begot by Zionism and the idea that Judaism is actually a repository for a political nationality. This is another contrivance but one which Jews worship, the Jewish State, a contrivance resulting in blasphemy (as though anyone cares.)

    Someday it will be over, Zionism will be laughed off stage and the particularly vicious practitioners will be tried for violations of human rights and crimes against humanity. Rather than forgetting about Palestinians, people will ask “How could they do this to another people? How could they seek to quell and then eliminate Palestinian life in its own country, on their own land? Palestinians won’t bring this about, but the rest of the world could very well, as in the case of S. Africa. Israel has always been a pariah state created from false claims and the ethnic cleansing of the natives of the region. Israel’s isolation will grow despite US backing, backing which really does not extend to US allies and which does not reflect true popular sentiment anywhere on the planet.

    Or, maybe not.