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Flight of the Lavi: Inside a U. S. - Israeli Crisis

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Israeli leaders desperately wanted the Lavi. The sleek fighter plane would be the supreme defender of their nation's skies - and it would be built in Israel. What's more, its technology would be supplied, and even bankrolled, by Tel Aviv's staunch ally, the United States. But when the U.S. Department of Defense began to question the wisdom and costs of the enormous project, it was an American Orthodox Jew who lead the investigation. At stake were billions of dollars, Middle East security, national and personal ...
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Israeli leaders desperately wanted the Lavi. The sleek fighter plane would be the supreme defender of their nation's skies - and it would be built in Israel. What's more, its technology would be supplied, and even bankrolled, by Tel Aviv's staunch ally, the United States. But when the U.S. Department of Defense began to question the wisdom and costs of the enormous project, it was an American Orthodox Jew who lead the investigation. At stake were billions of dollars, Middle East security, national and personal pride, political reputations, and thousands of jobs. For Dov Zakheim, it was a matter of his American patriotism, and in the long run, what was best for Israel. Flight of the Lavi is Dr. Zakheim's enthralling memoir of these critical days. Accompany him inside a high-stakes crisis at the top levels of the U.S. and Israeli governments as he discovers the annual U.S. contribution to the Lavi project - half a billion taxpayer dollars - was arranged by the Israeli embassy, senators and representatives, congressional staffs, journalists, and Jewish lobbyists and individuals; learns the program would cost more and deliver less than promised, and engages in pitched battles with powerful Lavi proponents in the United States and Israel; visits Israel and is moved by its people and holy places, at a time when his family is besieged in the United States by Lavi supporters and Israeli leaders brand him a traitor; struggles against or works closely with Israeli political leaders, some of whom grew up with his father; seeks to convince Congress of the folly of further Lavi investment; witnesses firsthand the disparate operating styles of Ronald Reagan, Moshe Arens, Yitzchak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Caspar Weinberger, Yitzchak Shamir, Ariel Sharon, George Shultz, and other major players.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Lavi was a new generation of high-performance jet aircraft that, in the mid-1980s, was supposed to be developed and manufactured in Israel with U.S. financial support. A great deal of prestige and money was at stake in the project, which embodied many of the commitments and expectations at the foundation of American-Israeli relations. But as development costs increased and doubts arose as to whether the Lavi would be the supreme warplane it was meant to be, the U.S. cooled to the project. As deputy undersecretary of defense for planning and resources during the Reagan administration, Zakheim was at the center of the development of the projectand of the U.S. steps to shut it down without unduly straining relations with Israel. His position was made even more difficult because he was, as he puts it, a "practicing Orthodox Jew." Here, Zakheim gives a thorough account of this complex, important and high-stakes affair, but his revelatory report isn't just for policy wonks. He covers economic issues such as how information on costs is gathered and costs are estimated; explores the political aspects of the project in both nations, as well as its national security considerations; and delves into the informal, unofficial side of international diplomacy. With his exceptional grasp of this story, and through his clear portraits of the major players in it, Zakheim shows readers that government is more than just politics. (Sept.)
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Beginning in the early 1980s, Israel sought to develop a jet fighter aircraft for its defense arsenal. The research and development for the plan, however, was to come from the United States as a part of its military assistance package to Israel. This is the story of the high-level discussions and domestic political issuesin both countriesthat led, ultimately, to the cancellation of the project. Also described is a sometimes intense personality battle between Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin that underlay the negotiations between the two countries. The author was heavily involved in the discussions at the highest level in the Department of Defense and thus is in a unique position to provide a useful commentary. Strongly recommended for academic and larger public library collections.Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574880656
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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