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Friday, January 18, 1985

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In advance of Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin's visit
to Washington late in January,
Israeli officials have informed
their American counterparts of
the Israel Defense Force's major
objectives in the immediate
period ahead.
Israel must maintain its air
superiority, raise the opera-
tional capability of its armored
units, increase the mobility of
its infantry units and improve
its intelligence-gathering ap-
paratus and early warning
systems, Israeli officials have
advised Washington.
American and Israeli officials
have been busily preparing for
the Rabin visit, his first to the
U.S. capital since becoming
Defense Minister. The U.S.
Secretary of Defense, Caspar
Weinberger, visited Israel last
October. At that time, he
invited Rabin to Washington.
Rabin, who is due to arrive in
New York on Jan. 27 before fly-
ing to Washington the next
morning for three days of
meetings, is expected to focus
on several major issues, in-
cluding the situation in
Lebanon, the broader
geopolitical picture in the Mid-
dle East, Israel's pending arms
requests from the United States
and American-Israeli strategic
cooperation.
Beyond that, Israeli officials
said, Rabin can be expected to
press for additional U.S.
assistance in promoting Israeli
military exports to the United
States and to other countries.
Israeli officials, in recent
weeks, have insisted that Israel
Lan not afford to cut its defense
budget. In order to maintain
Israel's qualitative edge over
any combination of Arab adver-
saries, they have said, Israel will
need increased U.S. military
grants in the 1986 budget,
which President Reagan is due
to submit to Congress in early
February.
The 1985 'military grant to
Israel totaled $1.4 billion. Israel
has requested $2.2 billion in the
new budget, but Administration
officials have indicated that the
final level is likely to be between
$1.8-1.9 billion.
In a detailed report presented
to the Reagan Administration,
Israel said that the continuation
of U.S. economic and military
assistance contributes directly
to stability in the Middle East
in two significant ways:
1. Israel's awareness of the
U.S. commitment to its security
allows it to refrain from reacting
militarily to situations which'
would otherwise be considered
"unbearable risks."
2. The Arab states, realizing
the U.S. commitment to Israel's
security and qualitative edge,
"will be deterred from taking ad-
vantage of their considerable
quantitative and geostrategic
edge."
Israel has also underlined to
Washington the declining pur-
chasing power of U.S. military
aid. According to official Israeli
estimates, the purchasing power

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Rabin: to press for more aid.

of $1.4 billion of military aid in
1985 is equivalent to about $700
million of 1974 prices.
The increase in the prices of
weaponry, according to Israeli
officials, is primarily due to in-
flation and the qualitative im-
provement of the major items
on Israel's pending procurement
list.
Israel reminded the Ameri-
cans that the total expenditure
of the IDF redeployment from
Sinai to the Negev came to
about $5 billion.
At the same time, Israel has
officially informed the United
States that it will need con-
tinued high-levels of U.S.
economic and military
assistance through the 1988
fiscal year.
But in its "White Paper"
outlining its immediate request
for U.S. aid in the coming 1986
fiscal year, Israel suggested
that its yearly needs may be
reduced somewhat if the "ex-
isting favorable trends in the
trade account and the stabiliza-
tion of the Israeli currency"
—.continue.
The 80-page document, sub-
mitted to the Reagan Ad-
ministration late in December,
projected a need of $1.85 billion
in economic grants in 1986 "to
maintain the level of its reserves
and avoid a further increase in
its short-term borrowing."
Israel also has requested an
$800 million emergency sup-
plemental grant economic aid
package to the already approv-
ed 1985 foreign aid bill.
The State Department has
said that the $800 billion re-
quest has been deferred until
Israel undertakes a more am-
bitious economic recovery pro-
gram. The Administration is
epected to seek $1.2 billion in
economic grants in its 1986
budget — the same level approv-
ed in the 1985 legislation.
Assuming that the Israeli
economic sutuation continues to
improve, Israel's economic aid
requests in coming years will be
reduced from the pending $1.8
billion level. The White Paper's
projected level of needed U.S.
economic aid in 1987 is $1.335
billion to be followed by a $1.14
billion request in 1988.
U.S. and Israeli officials cau-
tioned that similar forecasts of
reduced levels of Israeli
economic needs from the United
States earlier White Papers

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