Bunker-Busters to Israel
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the United States approve the sale of advanced refueling aircraft as well as GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs to Israel during a recent meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.
"The American official said that U.S. President Barack Obama instructed Panetta to work directly with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the matter, indicating that the U.S. administration was inclined to look favorably upon the request as soon as possible.
"During the administration of former U.S. President George Bush, the U.S. refused to sell bunker-penetrating bombs and refueling aircrafts to Israel, as a result of American estimates that Israel would then use them to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.
"Following Obama's entrance into the White House, however, the United States approved a string of Israeli requests to purchase advance armament."
This is maddening for two reasons. The first is that I'd rather the U.S. not sell Israel so many weapons. On top of that, however, Republicans will still keep pushing the idea, as I heard Senator James Inhofe do on the radio this morning, that President Obama is anti-Israel.