1962-President Kennedy Approves sale of hawks to Israel
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PRESIDENT KENNEDY APPROVES SALE OF HAWKS TO ISRAEL President Kennedy approved the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Israel. It was the first major arms sale to Israel by the U.S.
In 1962, President Kennedy approved the sale of modern anti-aircraft missiles to Israel. This marked the first time the United States sold these types of weapons to Israel. From the late 1950s, the United States had been encouraging the West Germans to transfer tanks to Israel, which the United Sates would replace. In 1966, President Johnson approved the sale of Skyhawk fighter bombers to Israel. With the imposition of an arms embargo on Israel by France in the wake of the Six-Day War, the United States became the dominant supplier of arms to Israel.