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While reading the IHT online I ran across this ditty which made me almost spit out my sunday morning Bagel an shmear. Israel is sending millitary equiptement to a county with the largerst Muslim population in the world and refuses to acknoledge it exsists. Maybe next they will sell nukes to Iran, so the Iranians dont have to go through that messy development process. Sometimes you have to wonder what Olmert is thinking.
Indonesia to buy 4 Israeli drones via Philippine company, official says
The Associated Press
Published: October 22, 2006
JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia will purchase four Israeli unmanned planes, or drones, through a Filipino distributor, a Defense Ministry official said Sunday. Indonesia chose the Israeli Searcher Mark II drones after receiving 42 offers since February, including from companies in the Philippines, Russia and the Netherlands, ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Edy Butar Butar said. The ministry chose Philippines-based Kital Philippines Corp. which will also supply a command post, controlling equipment, infrared cameras and heat-tracking device, Butar Butar said. No financial details were disclosed. Israeli drone manufacturers declined comment.The deal was a surprise to some because Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, has long supported Palestinian independence efforts and does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
At least one minor protests was held by an opposition group last week, but Indonesian government officials dismissed criticism of the purchase. Indonesia Military Chief Marshall Djoko Suyanto said the origin of the equipment was insignificant.
“We don’t deal with such matters. What is important for the military is the equipment could be used for patrolling and war. It is the Defense Ministry’s decision,” he told the Antara state news on Thursday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia will purchase four Israeli unmanned planes, or drones, through a Filipino distributor, a Defense Ministry official said Sunday.Indonesia chose the Israeli Searcher Mark II drones after receiving 42 offers since February, including from companies in the Philippines, Russia and the Netherlands, ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Edy Butar Butar said.The ministry chose Philippines-based Kital Philippines Corp. which will also supply a command post, controlling equipment, infrared cameras and heat-tracking device, Butar Butar said.
No financial details were disclosed. Israeli drone manufacturers declined comment. The deal was a surprise to some because Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, has long supported Palestinian independence efforts and does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. At least one minor protests was held by an opposition group last week, but Indonesian government officials dismissed criticism of the purchase.
Indonesia Military Chief Marshall Djoko Suyanto said the origin of the equipment was insignificant. “We don’t deal with such matters. What is important for the military is the equipment could be used for patrolling and war. It is the Defense Ministry’s decision,” he told the Antara state news on Thursday.
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