Israel discovered Monday that the United States published, for all the world to see, detailed plans for a proposed top-secret Israeli military installation. Israel’s leaders are not amused.
It all began when the Obama administration agreed to build a $25 million state-of-the-art missile facility that was intended to house a new ballistic-missile defense system known as the Arrow 3, according to Fox News.
In order to solicit bids from contractors, the Obama administration published over 1,000 pages of plans and specifications for the project, as though it were seeking bids to build a post office.
“If an enemy of Israel wanted to launch an attack against a facility, this would give him an easy how-to guide. This type of information is closely guarded and its release can jeopardize the entire facility,” an Israeli military official who declined to be named told McClatchyDC.com.
“This is more than worrying, it is shocking,” he added.
He wouldn’t say whether facility’s plans have been altered since their publication, though it would be a safe bet that they were.
The McClatchyDC.com report continues:
Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley Miller said he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the Arrow 3 base, but he said the United States routinely published the details of its construction plans on a federal business opportunities website so that contractors could estimate the costs of jobs. He said such postings often might be revised after contracts were approved.
Israeli officials appear to have been well aware of the danger of outsourcing building projects to the United States. In an interview with the Reuters news agency in March, Lt. Col. Peleg Zeevi, the head of the bidding process at Israel’s Defense Ministry, justified Israel’s long history of relying on the United States to help build military installations by saying that Israel needed “a player that has the knowledge, ability and experience.”
“We are aware of the security issues that arise in deals with foreign firms, but because we want real competition and expertise, we will create conditions that will allow and encourage their participation,” Zeevi said.
“Real competition and expertise” are fine, but for a tiny nation surrounded by enemies, a little secrecy would have been nice also.
It’s clear from the drip-drip-drip of information both the public and Congress receives about the attack in Benghazi that the Obama administration jealously guards its own secrets. This incident makes it clear that it cares little for the secrets of its allies.
Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now” co-host Jenna Lee interviews of Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations.
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