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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 586-00
September 22, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO ISRAEL ANNOUNCED

The government of Israel has requested a possible purchase of JP-8 aviation jet fuel. The estimated cost is $111 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Middle East.

The proposed sale of the JP-8 aviation fuel will enable Israel to maintain the operational capability of its aircraft inventory. Israel will have no difficulty absorbing this additional fuel into their armed forces.

The proposed sale of this JP-aviation fuel will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

Procurement of the aviation jet fuel will be from the same contractors providing aviation fuel to the U.S. armed forces. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. government or contractor representatives to Israel.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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