Controversial Israel-Russia drone deal includes secret Iran clause



I have written before on this blog about a controversial $53 million agreement between Russia and Israel to provide Moscow with Israeli-made intelligence-gathering drones. The agreement, revealed last April, marked Israel’s first-ever sale of military systems to Russia, as well as Moscow’s first known purchase of a foreign weapons system. Last time I wroteintelNews received information that the Israeli move angered some US Pentagon officials. It turns out, however, that the Israeli-Russian deal contains a vital clause: the Israelis have agreed to provide Russia with as many intelligence-gathering drones as they want, and even allow them to reverse-engineer them, providing they cancel an agreement with Tehran to provide the Iranian government with Russian-made state-of-the-art air defense missiles. A UPI defense correspondent goes so far as to describe the Israeli-Russian deal as “a bribe”, aiming to maintain Israel’s aerial dominance in the Middle East. This interesting revelation should be viewed in connection with Israel’s 2007 effort to gain access to the Russian-made TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile defense system, through a secret deal with Cyprus, which Joseph Fitsanakis wrote about last month. The Russians managed to prevent that through last minute diplomatic maneuvers. But their severe deficiency in aerial reconnaissance capabilities, starkly revealed in t about this, I expressed surprise that Washington would have approved the deal, which has the potential to significantly strengthen Russia’s aerial reconnaissance capabilities. In fact, he 2008 South Ossetia War, has made Israel’s latest offer too enticing to turn down.

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2 Responses to Controversial Israel-Russia drone deal includes secret Iran clause

  1. David says:

    Just like the Israelis. I hope the Russians find some way to screw them. Thanks for this excellent insight though. It’s funny that I knew about the deal to sell the drones and it never occurred to me to think there’d be an ulterior motive. How f*****g dense am I? With the Israelis there’s always an ulterior motive, and an ulterior motive to the ulterior motive.

  2. ilona@israel says:

    Russia is very wilful, and they are concerned just about their own interests. so i am sure they will find the way to get what they want from Israel and at the same time to complite s-300 project with Iran.

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