U.S. Provides Radar, but Israel Can't Use It

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CBNNews.com - NEVATIM AIR BASE, Israel - The U.S. has refused to allow Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers to process information from a high-powered radar system, temporarily set up at an Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert.

It took 12 transport planes and a 120-member crew to bring the X-band radar to Israel.

The system, called FBX-T, is part of the satellite-assisted U.S. Joint Tactical Ground Station. It hones in on a ballistic missile immediately after its launch, allowing it to estimate its flight time and target.

The FBX-T, whose advanced radar provides a 1,200-mile range -- compared with the 500 to 600-mile range of Israel's Arrow anti-missile system -- will be connected to the Arrow's control room in Palmahim.

The latest U.S. dictate on the advanced radar system deployed on Israeli land follows a weekend report in Britain's The Guardian, which stated that the U.S. administration forbad Israel a pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

According to the article, the U.S. position would be unchanging during the remaining months of the Bush administration.

Meanwhile, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert leaves Monday for a two-day visit to Russia, allegedly to try to convince Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to support economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Russia not only declined to support stronger economic sanctions against Iran -- as did China -- but it is also selling the Islamic Republic, and likely Syria, upgraded defensive missile systems.

Russia plans to hold a Middle East Conference in the spring -- a follow-up to the U.S.-sponsored Annapolis Conference in November 2007 -- with added attention to Syria's desire for Israel to cede Golan Heights, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War and annexed 15 years later.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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