Israel: Heavy Turbulence

Heavy Turbulence

If Israelis appear surprisingly calm about the possibility of an Iraqi missile attack, it is largely owing to their faith in the air force, the elite military branch. Last week that trust was deeply shaken when air force Brigadier General Rami Dotan, former chief of logistics and Israel's leading expert on aircraft engines, started talking about his role in the biggest bribery scandal ever to rock the defense establishment.

Dotan, who was arrested in October after a lengthy investigation, has allegedly confessed to pocketing more than $10 million in kickbacks, bribes and fictitious charges from American and Israeli defense firms over...

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