Israel Wary of US Armed Drone Initiative
By: Barbara Opall-Rome, September 1, 2016TEL AVIV – In Israel, where combat-capable unmanned systems constitute a significant share of exports and form the backbone of counter-terror operations, a new Obama administration’s push for international guidelines governing strike drones is being viewed with skepticism, if not outright alarm.
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As much as the Israeli government wants to support its closest ally, officials and experts say the nascent US initiative is diplomatically dubious, practically unenforceable and potentially crippling to a critical sector of Israel’s defense industrial base.
Beyond all that, a former national security advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it could prove operationally self-defeating in the war against terror. http://www.defensenews.com/articles/israel-wary-of-us-armed-drone-initiative?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%20Mil%209.2.16&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Military%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief