TEHRAN – Israel has reached an agreement with the United States to receive 12 CH-53K helicopters from the US arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp and two US Boeing Co KC-46 refueling planes. A statement from the Israeli Ministry of Military Affairs also said the deal includes an option to receive six additional helicopters.
The deal will cost an estimated total price of around $ 3.1 billion. The funds will come from the military aid that the United States distributes each year to dictatorships and apartheid regimes, the latter receiving most of this money. $ 3.8 billion is the total amount the regime receives from the United States each year in military aid.
So it’s perhaps important to point out that the biggest losers in this deal are American taxpayers, especially lower-class and working-class American families who are struggling even more financially this year amid the pandemic. . Americans suffer from the biggest infections and deaths from Covid-19 in the world. It is taxpayers’ money that could have been used, serving Americans instead of sending it as military materiel to West Asia’s largest terrorist entity and adding to its arsenal of helicopters to attack the Palestinians.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute was right, the pandemic had no effect on the transfer or sale of military equipment. The surveillance research group said that “arms sales increased even as the global economy contracted 3.1% in the first year of the pandemic. “The industry giants were largely protected by the government’s sustained demand for military goods and services.”
Some analysts say the timing of the deal may be to try to influence the length of the terms of the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the P4 + 1 group – Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany to revive the Iran nuclear deal. . The US delegation is also in Vienna but is not negotiating directly with Iran or sitting at the negotiating table because Washington withdrew from the deal under former President Donald Trump.
This means that the mediators come and go with the messages from the negotiating table and from the very close location of the American delegates.
Israel vehemently and regularly expresses its disapproval of negotiations, let alone any lasting agreement. It was then that Iran’s chief negotiator in the Austrian capital Ali Bagheri Kani, among envoys from the other side, reported good progress in the latest round of talks to lift US sanctions. illegal and unilateral against Iran in exchange for Iran’s return to the plateau. retaliatory measures which it withdrew from the multi-stage agreement, in accordance with its legal contractual rights under the agreement.
However, other analysts say the deal to send helicopters and refueling planes will have no impact on the talks, but instead satisfy Israel’s (alleged) military superiority in the region.
After all, US envoys have traveled from Washington to Tel Aviv in the past two months more times than mediators have moved between the Iranian and US delegations in Vienna.
What is surprising is the silence of the other parties to the nuclear deal on sending forward offensive military jets that are the source of instability and terror in West Asia.
When Iran made technological breakthroughs last week by sending three research devices in a bid to reach orbit, another milestone in the country’s space research program. The West has made a lot of noise.
So, with regard to peaceful space research, the US State Department said, “The United States remains concerned about Iran’s development of space launchers, which poses a significant proliferation problem. Germany also urged Iran to stop sending satellite launch rockets into space, while France said that “these activities are all the more regrettable as they come at a time when we let’s make progress in the nuclear negotiations in Vienna “.
A spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry noted that “as previously stated, the Islamic Republic of Iran has the right to use peaceful technologies in the development of its scientific research in accordance with international standards and in doing so , it will not wait for the opinions of certain countries which seek to impose their diktats.
No words to even denounce the timetable for the military agreement is a very clear sign of the double standard. The West claims Iran can use its locally made rockets to place a nuclear warhead. Critics argue that the argument has no merit because almost all intelligence agencies around the world, including Israel’s, recognize that Tehran has no intention of seeking nuclear weapons. Its missile program is for defensive purposes.
Western parties involved in the Vienna talks (preaching diplomacy) have issued prescriptive statements condemning Iran’s progress in space research, but have not said a single word denouncing Israel’s receipt of 12 helicopters war and two other supply planes. Diplomacy? gone out the window when it comes to serving Israel’s dangerous thirst for military materiel.
No words to even denounce the timing of the military deal is a very clear and unfortunate sign of the double standard, which analysts say they have grown accustomed to the West wielding.
The first helicopters are expected to arrive in Israel in 2026, while the supply planes are expected to be delivered before 2025. The regime is working to bring forward the delivery of the supply planes and eventually wants four.
The Israeli media of course linked the supply planes to a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. Israeli warplanes have the ability to fire missiles, for example the regime can raze an entire residential block in the besieged Gaza Strip, but when it comes to attacking Iran, this idea or plan becomes a little more complex.
Over the past two decades, reports have surfaced that Israeli warplanes cannot travel approximately 2,000 kilometers to reach Iran and strike its nuclear facilities. The long journey would require planes capable of supplying the fighter jets that the United States has but has refused to carry out this mission on behalf of Israel.
The signing of the new agreement would have made the same headlines in all Israeli media and in parts of the world as well.
Speaking to the US media, some senior Israeli officials and military experts, current and former, said Israel lacks the capacity to stage an attack that could destroy, or even significantly delay, the attack on Iran. . [peaceful] nuclear program, at least not anytime soon. A current senior Israeli official told the New York Times that it would take at least two years just to prepare for an attack that could damage Iran’s nuclear project.
Here are some (not so quick) questions on the go for clarity.
Q. Can Israeli warplanes travel from the occupied territories to Iran to target Iran’s nuclear program?
A. No. Hence the Boeing refueling planes.
Q. Can Israel fly its jets from a country closer to Iran, in this way that does not require refueling planes?
A. Yes. But this country that hosts Israeli jets will also get a taste of Iranian missiles.
Q. Can Israel with the refueling planes eliminate the Iranian nuclear facilities that are spread across the country?
A. No. The regime grapples with a small strip called the besieged Gaza Strip.
Q. Can Israeli jets with refueling planes damage Iranian nuclear facilities?
A. Not according to former Israeli military intelligence officers.
Q. Can Israeli jets with refueling planes drop a bomb on an Iranian site?
A. No. Iran has advanced defense systems and radar capabilities in place
Q. For the argument. What if an Israeli fighter jet passes the defense systems and manages to launch a strike?
A. The jet will not return to the occupied territories.
Q. What does this mean?
A. The jets fly from a base or an airport. An Iranian missile would have reached and destroyed that base or that airport before the return of the Israeli jet.
Q. Where would this Israeli jet land?
A. The nearest airport or air base should be searched.
Q. Like somewhere in the Persian Gulf?
A. It doesn’t make a difference. Anyone who doesn’t want an intact airport or airbase can bid.
Q. So why take the refueling planes?
A. Ask US taxpayers first. Any Israeli attack would need the green light from Washington.
If you want to know the nature of Iran’s retaliatory attacks and the accuracy of Iranian missiles that can travel up to 2,000 kilometers and hit the intended target, Iraqi Ain al-Assad in the aftermath of the assassination of Lieutenant- General Qassem Soleimani is a good example.