Levy: Phalcon Deal Decision must Take US Fears into Account

Published July 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel cannot be "indifferent" to US fears that the Phalcon radar deal with China is a danger to its security and its soldiers, Israel's foreign minister David Levywas quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post newspaper.  

Even if Israel is right to carry through with the $250 million deal, Levy said it would be "grave" to do so in light of the US position, and risk destroying the firm foundations of the bilateral relationship, said the daily.  

Levy said he hoped a solution satisfactory to both sides could be found soon. "It is not an easy decision, but a decision needs to be made," he said.  

The foreign minister was speaking in the Knesset on motions to the agenda on the airborne radar deal.  

At the same time, Levy said Israel has done nothing to intentionally harm the US, its interests or its security.  

"Instead, he said, it has done what every other self-respecting country would do." - Albawaba.com  


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