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A weapons history of Israel in Central America

June 29, 2009

‘Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon arrived in Honduras in early December 1982 at the head of a delegation which included General David Ivri, the head of the Israeli air force, who one month later was named president of the Israel Aircraft Industries. In the course of the three-day visit, General Sharon was flown to La Ceiba on the Atlantic Coast where the Hondurans wanted to build a major military base, […] and two other bases in the center of the country to assess Honduran military needs. The result of this visit was an agreement signed by General Sharon and General Alvarez which U.S. intelligence sources said would escalate Israel’s involvement in Honduras to an unprecedented degree. The agreement was reportedly worth $25 million and covered the acquisitions of armored tanks, rocket launchers, Galil rifles, radar equipment, military replacement parts, and, most important, twelve Kfir jet fighters.’ (from 3arabawy)

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