TEL AVIV: After depleting much of its stocks in the strikes in Gaza, Israel is asking the United States for a billion dollar emergency grant to replenish its stockpile of Iron Dome rocket interceptors and some ” special air weapons systems “, mainly JDAMS.
The Israeli Air Force used a large number of JDAMS in the operation to destroy Hamas’ so-called “Metro City” – a vast network of tunnels in Gaza.
Israeli sources told BD that a special grant of $ 200 million has already been approved by the United States and the additional funds will be discussed during Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s air visit to Washington. “The meeting between the two defense ministers will focus on increasing and modernizing Israel’s arsenal of air-launched weapon systems,” an Israeli defense source said today. Gantz is due in Washington tomorrow for a day visit.
He will brief his American counterpart Lloyd Austin on the massive use of the Iron Dome interceptor Tamir during the recent clash with Hamas. He will also present Israel’s latest data which Israel says proves Tehran is cheating the United States in negotiations on a new nuclear treaty.
Gantz will also tell Austin that Israel’s northern border is “heating up” and the need for more Iron Dome interceptors and “heavy bombs” will become critical.
The firing of 140 rockets in a salvo at Tel Aviv in a matter of minutes “called into question our exceptional systems,” Ofir Akunis, an Israeli minister and former spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told military radio . Without going into detail, Israel is now discussing whether it needs more Iron Dome systems.