Dalia Dassa Kaye speaks with NPR's Mike Shuster regarding the sale of deep-earth penetrator bombs, or "bunker busters," to Israel in 2009.
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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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