President Bush may announce an Israeli-U.S.
pact on strategic missile defense next week

Published: 05/10/2008

President Bush may announce an Israeli-U.S. pact on strategic missile defense next week.

Ahead of Bush's May 14-16 visit to Israel, Jerusalem sources said intensive talks are under way with the Pentagon on a proposal to step up the Jewish state's access to its Defense Support Program, a network of satellites that spot hostile missile launches.

Another proposal, broached by some 70 members of Congress in a May 5 letter to Bush, is to station a U.S.-made ground radar in Israel which would significantly expand its early-warning capabilities in any future war with Iran or Syria.

Should a deal be clinched, Bush will likely announce it during his speech at the Knesset, Jerusalem sources said.


Original article: JTA
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