Visiting Burkle Center Fellow Dalia Dassa Kaye comments on the sale of U.S. bombs to Israel on NPR's All Things Considered
Dalia Dassa Kaye speaks with NPR's Mike Shuster regarding the sale of deep-earth penetrator bombs, or "bunker busters," to Israel in 2009.
Published: Friday, September 30, 2011
Excerpt from NPR article by Mike Shuster:
"Dalia Dassa Kaye, a fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center and a specialist on Iran, doesn't think so. She argues it was part of Israeli preparedness.
'Israel clearly wants all the capabilities that are necessary to have a military option on the table,' Kaye says. 'They always want to show they can do it; but whether they really want to do it is an open question.'
Kaye also thinks this was a motive for President Obama's support.
'There are some in the Obama administration who may have expected to get more,' she says. 'Not that it was a direct linkage. But they may have expected that given the extensive defense cooperation that they have been engaged [in] with the Israelis, that would buy them some political leverage. And they no doubt were disappointed.' "
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