News

ISRAEL LINE TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1998

U.S. TO FUND R&D FOR THIRD ARROW BATTERY

United States Secretary of Defense William Cohen, currently visiting Israel, said on Monday that the U.S. will fund the research and development stage of a third Arrow anti-missile battery, THE JERUSALEM POST reported. Cohen made the announcement following an in-depth briefing with Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai and top Defense Ministry officials and Israel Defense Forces commanders. The Government outlined Israel's military modernization program over the next decade for Cohen, who was also briefed on the proliferation of long-range surface-to-surface missiles, particularly in Iran, as well as biological and chemical weapons.

Cohen said the funding for the third battery is at the appropriations level in Congress. "It is not enough for Israel to be able to win wars," said Cohen, "It also must win peace in order to achieve lasting security."