‘Hypocritical’ Israeli missile system wastes US taxpayer money: Analyst
A new Israeli missile system being developed with US assistance is a “hypocritical” effort by Washington for which the US is wasting American taxpayers’ money, says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.
Madsen made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday when asked about a report Wednesday that the United States and Israel had successfully tested a new missile system known as David’s Sling.
“David’s Sling anti-ballistic missile system that the US has provided to Israel and held joint-training with Israel on its use is rather hypocritical,” said Madsen, who is also an author specializing in international affairs.
“It’s a terrible waste of the American taxpayers’ money to be protecting Israeli cities when Israel has hadn’t no devastation on the scale that we’ve seen brought on major Arab cities,” he said, noting “It’s Arab cities that need the protection not Israeli cities”.
Trials of the Israeli David’s Sling system being developed in partnership with the US began last week and ended on Tuesday, officials reviewing the project said.
The trials of the new system were carried out this week in central Israel by the Israeli Military Affairs Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the officials noted.
MDA Director Vice Admiral James Syring said the US was satisfied with the test results and pledged to continue its assistance to Israel’s missile technology efforts.
US lawmakers have financially supported Israel’s military for long by funding its missile technologies. In 2014, the US Congress voted to grant Israel $225 million for Iron Dome.