Israel begins pivot towards China! denies US Navy access
2-4-21, HalTurner -- When Obama was the occupant of the White House in 2015 the Shanghai Intl Port Group Co. (SIPG) signed a deal with Israel’s Transportation Ministry to run Haifa’s commercial port.
The Trump Admin in 2018 objected as ships from the US Navy’s 6th Fleet frequent an adjacent Israeli navy base. The base at Haifa reportedly houses Israeli nuclear weapons-capable submarines.
In 2020 Israel's government declined a request by the Trump administration to allow the US Coast Guard to inspect the port at Haifa for Chinese surveillance capabilities. US officials are concerned that the company could enable Beijing to spy on the US Navy and its activities with Israel’s forces. The US government has accused Chinese companies of theft of American companies' trade secrets and of collaboration with the People's Liberation Army.
Israel Rejects US Plan To Inspect Chinese Harbor At Haifa
2-3-21, China will operate Haifa port, near Israel's alleged nuclear-armed submarines. At the end of August 2020, the center held a conference ... Israeli officials declined to comment on the issue that was first reported by the Israeli daily newspaper, Haaretz.
After Israel's March 2021 elections the new government must deal with the problem that's currently been avoided.
However, the U.S issued a strict warning to Israel to limit ties with China. Two weeks after US Sec of State Mike Pompeo met with Netanyahu and warned against Chinese involvement in Israeli projects, the Chinese company lost the bid. The winner of the tender is the Israeli IDE.
This warning resulted in an Israeli rejection of a Chinese proposls to build the giant Desalination Water Plant, in Palmachim in central Israel. The site is in close proximity to an important Israeli missile test and satellite launch facility. More here
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