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Monday, July 17, 2006

Israel Asks To Buy U.S. Jet Fuel for Military Aircraft

Mon, 17 Jul 2006, 00:28

The Pentagon notified Congress July 14 of an Israeli request to purchase up to $210 million in JP-8 aviation jet fuel for its military aircraft.

”The jet fuel will be consumed while the aircraft is in use to keep peace and security in the region,” the Pentagon’s Defense Security and Cooperation Agency said.

The notice to Congress came two days after Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in Lebanon, including the international airport in Beirut, following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah guerrillas.

The Pentagon said the sale would help “improve the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for stability and economic progress in the Middle East.”

The U.S. Congress has 30 days to act to block the sale; otherwise, it is automatically approved.
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