According to Haaretz Israeli newspaper Defense Correspondent, Amir Oren (Haaretz, Friday, March 21, 2008) Mark Brilakis, a brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps, visited Israel this week at the head of a team of U.S. officers. They spent their time at the army base in Ramat Aviv, Tel-Aviv. Brilakis, an operations officer at the U.S. Army European Command (EUCOM), was there to conduct Juniper Falcon, a desk and computer exercise for the emergency provision of weapons and equipment to Israel. (In Hebrew, the exercise is known as “harish amok” – literally, deep furrow.) Opposite Brilakis, at the head of the Israeli team, sat officers from the planning and logistics divisions of the General Staff. At the same time as Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak were landing in front of the cameras in Sderot.
Since the mid-1980s the two defense establishments have been working on cooperation between them, to the point where few people still bother to keep track of the lengthening series of exercises, which have included Juniper Stallion (the deployment of American F-16 squadrons to the Nevatim air base and their training in Israel Air Force firing ranges), Noble Shirley (the Marines’ live-fire training exercises in Tze’elim and Shivta, in the South) and Juniper Cobra (training with batteries of Patriot missiles).
According to Haaretz: “the relations between the armies were once shrouded in mystery, but now have a routine of ordinary procedures. An entire generation of U.S. officers and officials has learned the terms “Yakinton” (literally, “hyacinth,” used to refer to military-to-military contacts) and “Givon” (a joint liaison center in times of emergency)”. The Haaretz correspondent Oren add that we can expect that in advance of President Bush’s next May visit to Israel, in honor of the country’s 60th anniversary celebrations, officials from both sides will try to create a festive document that will ratify the diplomatic, security and economic cooperation between the United States and Israel, and will be signed with great fanfare by the U.S. president and the Israeli prime minister. That is what former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and former President Ronald Reagan did, albeit separately, on Independence Day 40. The Communist Party of Israel would like to know why the government is going in for such defense and security cooperation deals with the Untied States? Is it due the pressure of the Bush administration to buy US arms and defense equipment? Or is it due to preserve the strategic interests of the US imperialism in the region?
The report to the Communist Party of Israel 25th Congress (who was held in June 2007) pointed thatthe threats the Bush Administration and its allies, like Israel, have been lobbing at Iran and Syria are the third phase of the long-term strategy of the American administration to strengthen its control of the Middle East, even if the price is the destruction of nations and the starvation of peoples Like the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq was planned to secure high profits, control of natural resources and markets, and a comparative advantage over the foreign competitors of the American petroleum and arms corporations. Under these conditions the CPI will continue to warn the Israeli people and the peoples of the world of the threat posed by the Bush Administration’s willingness to use military – and even nuclear – force to vanquish Iran and pressure Syria. The US pronouncements that it is considering the use of its own nuclear weapons and its uncritical support of the first nuclear power in the Middle East (Israel) expose its current casus belli in the Middle East – preventing Iran from procuring and stockpiling nuclear armaments –as pure hypocrisy.