January 17, 2012
The postponement of a major US-Israel drill planned for the coming weeks was initiated by Jerusalem, according to US media reports.
Israel reportedly asked to put off the exercise because of defense budget cuts, Jewish news agency JTA reported Tuesday. Meanwhile, Yahoo News, quoting US defense officials, said the postponement request came directly from Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
“Minister Barak called Secretary Panetta and asked if we could take the exercise off the calendar. The Israelis were concerned that they did not have the resources in place to carry it out effectively,” a US official was quoted as saying by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.