Thursday, July 31, 2014

US still supplying ammunition to Israel

From CNN news 
"While there were calls on Israel to do more to protect civilians, the United States also agreed to Israel's request to resupply it with several types of ammunition, a U.S. defense official told CNN on condition of anonymity. It's not an emergency sale, the official said. 
Among the items being bought are 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers, the official said. Those will come from a stockpile the United States keeps in Israel, which is worth more than $1 billion."
It also says 
"The Israeli Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, announced on Twitter that Israel has sent into Gaza more than 4 million liters of diesel for the power station, 3 million liters of fuel and 800,000 liters of benzene for transportation, and 1.6 tons of gas for domestic use during the conflict. 
Forty-three trucks "carrying over 750 tons of food, medicine & supplies" entered Gaza Wednesday from Israel, the ministry said. It provided information on how people can donate humanitarian supplies, and a contact at the Palestinian Customs Agency."

P.S. From 1989
"The diplomat offers an example from his own experience.  “I received a call from a friend of mine in the Jewish community who wanted to warn me, as a friend, that all details of a lengthy document on Middle East policy that I had just dispatched overseas were ‘out.’”  The document was classified “top secret,” the diplomat recalls.  “I didn’t believe what he said, so my friend read me every word of it over the phone.”"
 "Pianka says the Pentagon sent Israel the bad news: “In so many words, we said: “Sorry, we don’t have any of the ammunition you need.  We’ve combed all depots and warehouses, and we simply have none.”
            A few days later the Israelis came back with a surprising message:  “Yes, you do.  There are 15,000 rounds in the Marine Corps supply depot in Hawaii.” Pianka recalls, “We looked in Hawaii and, sure enough, there they were.  The Israelis had found a U.S. supply of 90-millimeter ammunition we couldn’t find ourselves.”"

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