Is Israel about to Sign a Terrible Deal?

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement between two parties — in this case, the governments of Israel and the United States. It is less than a treaty, more than a handshake. The first MOU was signed in 1981, recognizing “the common bonds of friendship between the United States and Israel and builds on the mutual security relationship that exists between the two nations.” The current MOU, signed in 2007, represented a 10-year commitment. The Obama Administration and the government of Israel have been negotiating a new 10-year agreement that will come into effect in 2017.

It is hard to get the nuance right in a security arrangement between a superpower and a small country, even if the small country is a first-world democracy in terms of education, income, technology, and political structure. It is harder when large sums of money are involved, and harder still when the small country is, in military terms, a “security producer,” one that provides more security to a region than it requires in assistance, but is still uniquely threatened in the world.

  • Alain

    Israel signing this is pure folly. Nothing should be signed or agreed to until after the American election, and then it depends on who is in the WH.

    • Daniel Pipes made a good argument that Israel should just end all aid from the US.

      • Alain

        I totally agree with him on this.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        I agree. This agreement is mainly for the benefit of Lockheed Martin, not for either country. If Israel had to develop its own military aircraft, the results would be cheaper and more effective than what American contractors produce, and its costs could be recouped through its own foreign sales. Israel is already doing this with its drones, so the same benefits are likely to arise from its own manned aircraft.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Smack-on the nailhead, Norm. Many Israeli militarists are of the same opinion.

  • vwVwwVwv

    USA wants its arms unmodified and all the money used in the USA.
    israel knows that American arms are not allways battle ready and
    knows USA will benefit from israeli tuning and wants to improve
    the american platforms, it safes israeli lifes but the Bummer
    has other ideas….

    israel has made american weapons viktorious, while western forces
    have been on the run in vietnam and elsewhere israelis made arms
    like the M16, mirage airplanes, british tanks….viktoriouse,
    outnumbred by masses of russian arms and
    arab jihadis.