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

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

by Dov S. Zakheim, Caspar Weinberger (Foreword by), Dov Zakehim
 
This extraordinary book takes an inside look at how the United States and Israel influence each other's decisions and politics. Zakheim, an American Orthodox Jew--ironically accused of being a "traitor to Israel"--uncovers a major crisis between the U.S. and Israel and deftly tells the eye-opening story of their battle over the development of Israel's own jet fighter,

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This extraordinary book takes an inside look at how the United States and Israel influence each other's decisions and politics. Zakheim, an American Orthodox Jew--ironically accused of being a "traitor to Israel"--uncovers a major crisis between the U.S. and Israel and deftly tells the eye-opening story of their battle over the development of Israel's own jet fighter, the Lavi. of photos.

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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.)
Library Journal
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.

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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