Tuesday, December 7, 2010

WikiLeaks: Israel Weapons Manufacturer Listed as Site Vital to US Interests


"07/12/2010 One of the latest U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks listed an Israeli weapons manufacturer as one of the global sites which the United States considers vital to its security interests.

The U.S. cable listed a Haifa weapons development facility belonging to the Israeli company Rafael as a site of vital interest, due to its significance in providing materials for sophisticated cluster bombs, according to Haaretz.

In February 2009, the U.S. State Department sent a secret cable to U.S. embassies all over the world, requesting information on foreign strategic sites or companies that are considered vital for U.S. security interests.

The cable said that the purpose of the information is to prevent, deter, and neutralize “terror attempts” on those sites, and it specifically said to keep the matter secret and not inform foreign governments about it.

The cable added a list of strategic sites for 2008 which also included a site in Israel – Rafael's Haifa weapons development facility. It was emphasized that the Haifa facility was imperative for creating specific materials for cluster bombs which turn them into precision-guided weapons...."

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