U.S. Selling "Bunker-Busting" Bombs to Israel

September 27, 2004

On September 21, Israeli officials stated that they were buying 5,000 high-tech bombs, including 500 "bunker-buster" bombs, from the U.S., and that these bombs might be used to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

An Israeli official admitted to reporters "This is not the sort of ordnance needed for the Palestinian front. Bunker busters could serve Israel against Iran, or possibly Syria."

At the same time, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom threatened Iran, saying "we know that the Iranians will never abandon their plans to develop nuclear weapons. They're only trying to hide it."

Lately, many U.S. diplomats have also stated publicly that the U.S., or Israel, could launch air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.

The BLU-109 bombs, which can penetrate more than 7ft of reinforced concrete, are the latest weapons being sold under the U.S. military aid program to Israel.