Calls Off China Radar Sale
12 2000 10:40AM ET
Md. (AP) - Israel informed the United States on Wednesday
it was calling off its planned sale of an advanced airborne
warning system to China.
move was taken at the behest of the United States and disclosed
here by Israel's spokesman, Gadi Baltiansky, on the sidelines
of President Clinton's Mideast summit talks.
the Clinton administration eager to stop the deal, there
were reports last week Israel would modify arrangements
by proceeding with the transaction through a third country.
Baltiansky told The Associated Press the deal was off in
United States had insisted that Israel scrap the sale of
the plane, called PHALCON, pointing to tensions between
China and Taiwan and expressing concern that China could
use the plane to track American planes should hostilities
Congress, representatives from both parties had threatened
to cut U.S. aid to Israel if the deal went through.
PHALCON deal had included an option for China to buy up
to four more of the spy planes.
to U.S. efforts to derail the deal, Baltiansky said: ``We
are aware of American concern on this issue.''
said ``there is no link between this and the summit,'' turning
aside any suggestion Israel had yielded on the radar in
order to improve prospects for an agreement with the Palestinians.
did not rule out a possibly modified sale in the future.
circumstances change,'' he said, ``we may consider it again.''
He did not elaborate.