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Secret US Construction in Israel


by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington and Israel partner in jointly planned imperial wars and related activities.

Walter Pincus reports on national security issues for the Washington Post. He’s been at it many years. In late December he’ll turn 80.

On November 28, he headlined “US overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel,” saying:

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex….”

It’s called “Site 911.” It’ll be built at an Israeli air force base near Tel Aviv. Construction will take two years or longer. Time frames are often extended. Cost is expected to be about $100 million. Before completion, double that amount or more wouldn’t surprise.

Washington’s Baghdad embassy was originally projected to cost $592 million. When completed, cost overruns spiraled the total over $2 billion some believe.

The Israeli facility will “have classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, protection from non-ionizing radiation, and very tight security.”

“Clearances will be required for all construction workers. Guards will be at the fence, and barriers will separate it from the rest of the base.”

Construction bids are due by December 3. Only US firms are involved.

Under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, Washington supplies weapons, munitions, and other defense related services to other nations and international organizations.

Sometimes they’re sold. Other times they’re given. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) administers FMS.

Washington was involved in many previous construction projects for Israel’s IDF. They’re undertaken under FMS.

About half a billion dollars in US military construction for Israel followed its 1998 Wye River Memorandum with Palestine. Another half billion went for Israeli security measures. Palestine got smaller amounts.

Both sides agreed to terms. At issue was finalizing the September 1995 Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Oslo II).

Israel reneged like it always does. Palestine was blamed. Netanyahu was prime minister at the time.

Pincus omitted those inconvenient facts. Israeli construction was done in the Negev. IDF forces got three new bases. Supposedly it was to facilitate redeploying forces from West Bank locations.

Israel’s Nevatim air base was built at the time. It’s one of Israel’s largest. The Corps of Engineers constructed extensive facilities. Other ones were built earlier.

They included “underground hangers for Israeli fighter-bombers, facilities for handling nuclear weapons….command centers, training bases, intelligence facilities and simulators.”

Washington provides Israel more aid than all other nations combined. It’s very generous with US tax dollars for its imperial ally.

The Corps maintains three facilities in Israel. In the past two years, it built Nevatim hangers. They cost $30 million.

It also “supervised a $20 million project to build maintenance shops, hangers, and headquarters to support Israel’s large Eitan” UAV program.

Site 911 will be built elsewhere. It appears to be one of the Corps’ largest projects. Three underground floors will be roughly 41,000 feet each.

Two others below them will be smaller. They’ll store equipment. Security is high. So is secrecy. Non-Israeli workers will only come from America, “Canada, Western Europe countries, Poland, Moldavia, Thailand, Philippines, Venezuela, Romania and China.”

Palestinians are excluded. According to security considerations, the site “shall have one gate only for both entering and exiting the site.”

“No exit or entrance to the site shall be allowed during work hours except for supply trucks.”

Guards will only be Israeli citizens with air force experience. “The collection of information of any type whatsoever related to base activities is prohibited.”

Israeli architectural firm Ada Karmi-Melamede is involved. Eventual site employees will be provided amenities.

Mezuzahs are parchments with inscribed Hebrew verses. Usually they’re contained in decorative cases.

The facility will have special ones. They’ll be “written in inerasable ink on….uncoated leather parchment.” They’ll be handwritten by a ‘scribe’ “holding a written authorization according to Jewish law.”

They’ll “be proof-read by a computer at an authorized institution for Mezuzah inspection, as well as manually…for the form of the letters by a proof-reader authorized by the Chief Rabbinate.”

Mystery surrounds the site. Pentagon and Israeli Defense Ministry spokesmen said little. Pincus said bids another secret Israeli project costing about $100 million for starters is scheduled to be awarded next summer.

It will involve “a complex facility with site development challenges.” Services required will include “electrical, communication, mechanical/HVAC, and plumbing.”

The US contractor chosen must have secret US/Israeli clearance. Two years of construction are likely. Pincus guesses it’s for a “secure command center.” What’s planned for Site 911 “is far less clear.”

What’s ongoing nearer-term matters most. Iran’s in focus. Washington and Israel want regime change.

Previous articles explained lawless sanctions, sabotage, subversion, cyber attacks, assassinations, saber rattling, falsified IAEA hype, Netanyahu bluster, US warmongering, spurious accusations, manipulated to fail P5+1 talks, and inflammatory headlines.

Will Obama attack in 2013? Will Israel ride shotgun? Netanyahu will likely be reelected in January. Expect him to head a new coalition government.

It may be more hardline than the current one. Prospects for peace aren’t good. Washington and Israel deplore it.

Heading into the new year, look for propaganda to intensify. An Iranian threat will again make headlines. Perhaps a major false flag is planned. Put nothing behind extremists in charge in both countries.

Direct US-led NATO intervention in Syria perhaps looms. Washington won’t quit until the entire country is destroyed. Libya 2.0 may be planned.

Death squad mercenaries need air power. Installing US-controlled Patriot missiles in Turkey on Syria’s border ups the ante. At issue is providing no-fly zone protection. Doing so is an act of war.

Reports suggest Obama plans “deeper intervention.” “Responsibility to protect (R2P)” slaughter and mass destruction may follow.

Post-election, Obama is unrestrained. Hawks want him to act. He needs little pushing. Full-scale intervention could come anytime. It won’t stop until Syria is entirely ravaged.

Perhaps Pillar of Cloud was act one. Terror-bombing Syria may follow. Hezbollah may be next. Then Iran if plans to isolate the Islamic Republic succeed.

Post-holiday tidings are worrisome. The entire region may be ravaged. At stake are more monstrous crimes. No end of them loom.

About the Author: Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

Stephen Lendman

Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host.He currently writes for MoneyNewsNow.com and VeteransToday.com and hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.

Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA, raised in a modest middle income family, attended public schools, received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. After six years as a marketing research analyst, Lendman became part of a new small family business in 1967, remaining there until retiring in 1999.

Since then, he has devoted his time to progressive causes, extensive reading, and since summer 2005 writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues.

He is also author of the celebrated books "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity" and "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War".

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9 Responses to "Secret US Construction in Israel"

  1. shachalnur  December 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Ada Karmi Melamede also designed the Israeli supreme court,full of Freemason and ancient egyptian symbolism,no jewish symbols.
    see;www.thegoldenreport.com the roots of evil in jerusalem.
    the timing of this news is to show that US and Israel are cooperating like never before.
    the truth is that the US’s puppetmasters in Europe have dropped Israel,visibly since June 2012.

  2. dalethorn  December 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Mezuzahs? What’s next? A trillion dollar Israel site for Skull and Bones? Will they have statues of Big Bush and Little Bush outside the front door, or would that be a giveaway for the Secret Societies they’re serving? Given the nature of the religion there, they could sacrifice virgins (non-Israelis of course) and who could stop them?

    • The Rahnameh  December 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      It’s even sicker than that. Read the Talmud.

  3. stephanaugust  December 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    A Wolfsschanze for 6 million people?

  4. blakehamilton  December 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

    From uglytruth:

    UN Calls on Israel to Open Nuclear Program to Inspections

    The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to open its nuclear program for inspection “without further delay.”

    Israel’s advanced nuclear arsenal has long been understood to exist, although it hasn’t been officially admitted by the Israeli government. Many have argued Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons is what drives the accelerated Iranian program and causes other regional instability.

    The resolution was approved on Monday by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions and calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty immediately and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

  5. The Rahnameh  December 4, 2012 at 5:43 am

    This aid didn’t come magically. It was funneled and hijacked year after year by the likes of Tom “Dine” et. al., Zionists, the Zionist lobby.

    The Zionists use their entrenched components to make it seem like there are “others” at play behind their schemes.

    Administrative false flags.

  6. blakehamilton  December 4, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Ruining the beautiful countryside.

    • The Rahnameh  December 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Yes, Zionists are to blame. We can name them.

  7. Ann  December 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Well it ain’t so secret anymore.

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