TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 12997
Memorandum of Agreement
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Signed at Jerusalem and Washington
October 31 and November 12, 1998
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Memorandum of Agreement signed at
Jerusalem and Washington October 31 and
November 12, 1998;
Entered into force November 12, 1998.
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
In view of the long-standing security relationship between the United States and
Israel and the long-term commitment by the United States to the maintenance of Israel's
qualitative edge, and considering the developing regional threats emanating from the
acquisition of ballistic missile capabilities and the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction, the governments of the United States and Israel have decided to work jointly
consistent with their long-standing policies towards the attainment of the following
-- Enhancing Israel's defensive and deterrent capabilities.
-- Upgrading the framework of the U.S.-Israel strategic and military
relationships, as well as the technological cooperation between them.
The two governments will forthwith designate representatives to a joint strategic
planning committee which will formulate specific recommendations on steps that can be
implemented as quickly as possible to advance the foregoing objectives.
The United States Government would view with particular gravity direct threats
to Israel's security arising from the regional deployment of ballistic missiles of
intermediate range or greater. In the event of such a threat, the United States
Government would consult promptly with the Government of Israel with respect to what
support, diplomatic or otherwise, or assistance, it can lend to Israel.
This Memorandum of Agreement has been done in duplicate in the English
language at Jerusalem and Washington, D.C. and will enter into effect when each side
has informed the other that it has signed an original. The two sides will exchange the
signed originals for completion of the signature process.
For the Government of
the United States 11/12/98
For the Government