The United States has blocked the Israeli regime’s sale of 12 used F-16 jet fighters to Croatia in a deal worth $500 million over demands that Tel Aviv removes electronic modifications it has made to the war planes.
“Israel has officially informed us that it cannot get an approval from the United States for delivery of the planes to Croatia,” Croatia’s Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic announced in a Thursday press conference in the capital Zagreb following a meeting with a visiting Israeli delegation.
According to Croatian media reports, the problem came up because the war planes had been refitted with Israeli technology, depriving American weapons makers the opportunity to update and service the decades-old fighter jets.
The US reportedly insisted that the Israeli regime must strip the jets of the upgrades it had made — including electronic and radar systems – prior to transferring the aircraft.
Croatia, however, declined to…