US embassy cable - 02ROME3319

DUTCH QUERY ITALIANS ABOUT ISRAELI PARTICIPATION IN JSF CONFIDENTIAL

Identifier: 02ROME3319
Wikileaks: View 02ROME3319 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-07-08 08:53:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: MASS MARR EAIR PREL IT UN
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 003319 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEFENSE FOR OSD AT&L 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/04/2012 
TAGS: MASS, MARR, EAIR, PREL, IT, UN 
SUBJECT: DUTCH QUERY ITALIANS ABOUT ISRAELI PARTICIPATION 
IN JSF 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
 
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CLASSIFIED BY: A/POL MINISTER-COUNSELOR GARY ROBBINS FOR REASONS 1.5(B) 
(D) 
 
1.  THIS IS AN ACTION REQUEST.  PLEASE SEE PARAGRAPH 5. 
 
2. (C) THE DUTCH AMBASSADOR AND DCM IN ROME EXPRESSED CONCERN 
TO EMB OFFICERS REGARDING POSSIBLE ISRAELI PARTICIPATION IN 
JSF.  THE DUTCH AMBASSADOR MENTIONED THE ISSUE AT THE 
EMBASSY'S JULY 4 RECEPTION, AND THE DUTCH DCM, WILLIAM VAN 
EE, FOLLOWED UP THE NEXT DAY TO SEE IF OUR ITALIAN CONTACTS 
HAD RAISED THE MATTER WITH US. 
 
3. (C) VAN EE EXPLAINED THAT IN THE DUTCH VIEW, ISRAEL'S 
APPLICATION IS LARGELY POLITICALLY INSPIRED.  GIVEN THE 
POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST, VAN EE SAID HIS 
GOVERNMENT DOES NOT BELIEVE THIS IS THE TIME TO ENGAGE IN A 
COOPERATIVE PROJECT WITH ISRAEL.  IN ADDITION, ISRAEL'S 
PARTICIPATION WOULD CONFLICT WITH THE RESTRICTIVE EXPORT 
POLICY OF THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT BASED ON CONCERNS ABOUT 
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS, VAN EE SAID. 
 
4. (C) VAN EE REPORTED THAT HE HAD MET WITH THE NEW DIRECTOR 
OF THE MFA OFFICE OF ECONOMIC COOPERATION ON JULY 5 TO 
DISCUSS DUTCH CONCERNS AND TO GAUGE ITALIAN REACTIONS.  VAN 
EE SAID HIS ITALIAN INTERLOCUTOR BELIEVED THAT ISRAEL HAS 
BEEN ON THE LIST OF POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS ALL ALONG, AND 
THAT ISRAEL WAS INCLUDED AS SUCH IN THE ITALIAN MOU.  VAN EE 
ASKED HIM TO VERIFY THIS, AS THAT WOULD BE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE 
FROM THE MOU SIGNED BY THE DUTCH. 
 
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5. (C) ACTION REQUEST.  POST WOULD APPRECIATE GUIDANCE ON USG 
REACTION TOWARD ISRAEL'S APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN JSF 
AND CLARIFICATION AS TO WHETHER ISRAEL HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN 
OTHER MOUS AS A POTENTIAL PARTICIPANT.  WE UNDERSTAND THE 
ISSUE IS BEING STUDIED BY RELEVANT OFFICES IN WASHINGTON.  WE 
HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY THE GOI BUT ANTICIPATE THAT WE 
MAY BE NOW THAT THE DUTCH HAVE RAISED THE ISSUE. 
SEMBLER 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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 2002ROME03319 - Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 


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