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IM Issue 20 - December 2008
Israeli Leaders Congratulate Obama On Victory
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni congratulated US president-elect Barack Obama on his victory, saying that Israelis were "impressed by his commitment to the peace and security of Israel" during his recent visit. In a statement released after the election, Livni also thanked Sen. John McCain for his "long-standing friendship" with Israel, and congratulated him on an honorable campaign.
US Approves "Stealth" Fighter Aircraft Sale to Israel
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency has approved the $15.2 billion sale of 25 of the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for Israel with an option for another 50, saying it is vital to US national security interests to assist Israel in the development of “a strong and ready self-defense capability.”
A total of 75 new immigrants fleeing the conflict between Georgia and Russia arrived in Israel with most of them settling in the cities of Bat Yam and Ashdod. The Immigrant Absorption Ministry approved an assistance package for the newcomers that will include Hebrew schooling, employment offers and subsidized rent. Underprivileged immigrants will also receive a grant of several thousand shekels. According to the Jewish Agency, some 120 additional Georgians are preparing to immigrate to Israel within the coming.