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US Blows Cover off Top-Secret Israeli Base

Image: US Blows Cover off Top-Secret Israeli Base Israeli Arrow anti-missile system batteries.

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 12:25 PM

By Melanie Batley

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The U.S. government has revealed details of a top-secret Israeli military installation under construction by publishing its specifications for contractor bidding.

It was treated as though it was just any other project the Defense Department was involved in. 

According to McClatchy newspapers, the Obama administration had promised to build Israel a state-of-the-art facility to host a new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3, designed amid Israel's fears of Iran's nuclear intentions.

Specifications released by the department include more than 1,000 pages of details on the facility, ranging from the heating and cooling systems to the thickness of the walls. But the project had been classified, and so top secret that Israel's military won't officially confirm its location at Tel Shahar, between Jerusalem and Ashdod.

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"If an enemy of Israel wanted to launch an attack against a facility, this would give him an easy how-to guide. This type of information is closely guarded and its release can jeopardize the entire facility," an unidentified Israeli military official told McClatchy.

"This is more than worrying, it is shocking," he said.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley Miller declined to comment on the specifics of the Arrow 3 base, but he said the United States routinely published the details of its construction plans on a federal business opportunities website so that contractors could estimate the cost of jobs.

He said such postings often might be revised after contracts were approved, McClatchy reported.



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