November 30th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

U.S. military taking bids to build Israeli Air Force complex

By Morgan Hitzig

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving bids to build a five-story complex for the Israeli Air Force, or IAF, near Tel Aviv.

The facility, mysteriously dubbed "site 911," will be built under the auspices of the Foreign Military Sales program and is expected to cost the U.S. between $25 million and $100 million, according to a solicitation for bids posted on a U.S. government website.

Only U.S. construction firms are able to bid on this contract, and the deadline for proposals is December 3, according to the notice. The notice, first reported on by The Washington Post, includes structural plans that show the first three underground floors are roughly 41,000 square feet and will include classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3 and shock-resistant doors throughout.

The architectural plans, drawn up by prominent Israeli firm Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects, pays close attention to the aesthetics of the design as well as the functional parameters outlined in the solicitation. For example, three picnic tables are planned for the exterior.


Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Military
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  4. gman tello

    please support our troops

    December 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  5. Hahahahahahahaha

    Gotta keep that MIC funded!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahhaha

    December 3, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  6. Texan

    LOL. All that for $122 per square foot?

    December 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  7. RQ

    Why do we have to fund every military adventure around the world? Enough is enough!

    December 2, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  8. iamjimmyjack

    Israel is more than capable of building their own construction projects. 100 million? That money better be repaid. This is outrageous. The bombings that Israel did recently show they are more than capable of building or destroying infrastructure.

    December 2, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  9. Julius

    Can we stop building up the military might of Israel and try to end the illegal occupation of the Palestinian people? We as the US are on the wrong side of history in this matter. Israel is a nuclear armed, bully that has been armed to the teeth by the US with the best weapons making it the fifth greatest military power in the world.

    December 2, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • Crowbar

      Long before Israel was armed by the US, it kicked the C**p out of the Arabs who attacked it, using first WWII weapons in 1948 and later on using British and French equipment.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  10. 200 TON HAMMER

    Two things happen very shortly alot of congressmen and senators get replace in midterm elections,or there will be a massive backlash recall,if 155 million americans taxes go up by $2,000 dallors or more just saying,american people love too eat and shop

    December 2, 2012 at 4:09 am | Reply
  11. 200 TON HAMMER

    Oh its just a new krav maga dance studio with DUB stepping missile Defence,for rich vip too hang out in just incase of chemical biological attack from syrian regime nbc weapons program

    December 2, 2012 at 3:15 am | Reply
  12. Zippo

    Why are we spending $100 million on building something for someone else? that money should be spent on infrastructure projects at home in the US. Our economy is weak right now and this is how we're helping it? By giving gifts to countries that spy on us? Even if our economy was stronger than ever, tax payer $ shouldn't be given to developed countries, Israel is the strongest nation in the region and has a strong economy they don't need aid. This needs to be cancelled.

    December 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      I agree! Why can't Israel build their own building? All the money they spend on lobbyists and spying on us would more than pay for the new Air Force complex they want. Boehner and his "friends" keep shouting about reducing government spending. You can be sure he would never stop spending on Israel! Our whole Congress is madly in love with Israel! Thank God we have Obama! He doesn't trust Israel. Israel is no better ally than Pakistan! Both are back stabbers!

      December 2, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  13. StudyItOut

    If anyone had actually read about the purpose of the FMS, you would realize we are SELLING this military complex to Israel. They will be paying for this with THEIR national funds. However, they are allowed to pay for this military base with the money we have provided to them in the past, but it is NOT COSTING US ANYTHING except labor from the Army Corp of Engineers. Do some research before you bring out the pitchforks....

    December 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • JGM

      Studyitout, what don't you understand about this text from the article? "expected to cost the U.S. between $25 million and $100 million"

      December 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Hermie

      Studyitout. How much aid are we giving to Israel and other countries?
      Cut some of those aids and we are better off in facing our economic problems

      December 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • RQ

      They're paying us to build it with our money we gave them? Sounds like we're paying for it one way or the other.

      December 2, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • IDF

      Yes, is it ridiculous, or not? Israel will use our money to pay for our works. So, tell me, who is smarter? the stupid ones are Americans....hahaha...and Americans have been very stupid in many ways, that why Israel has been easily led them around. No, joke. Now, Israel has been trying to get American go to war with Iran, and American soldiers will be killed and American taxpayers will pay for them, instead of Israel. Also, the world will hate us more instead of Israel. ...You know what, a good friend don't do that to a friend....Israel don't think American is its friend, just a stupid one to take advantage of, that is all.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  14. StanCalif

    Ask John Boehner and Eric Cantor why we need to pay for this project! Both want "spending cuts"! Somehow, Israel is exempt from any cuts! Only middle class and poor Americans need to suffer, certainly the "rich" can't be made to pay for this foolish project!

    December 1, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
  15. ron

    Only one question - WHY is the U.S. paying for this?? Israel has more money than God, for crying out loud, and has plenty of funds that could be available to them, if the right people were asked -- so WHY aer we, broke as hell already, paying for THEIR Complex??????

    November 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      I have a better idea, ron. Why not just let the Russians build that base instead of us? They can do it just as well and cost far less. The same thing as having the Italians go in and settle the Bosnian civil war 17 years ago for one tenth the cost which should have been done in the first place! In fact, we could replace our troops in South Korea with the J apanese who'll do it just as well for less. No wonder we can't balance the budget!!!

      November 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
      • Mac Qurashi

        This is not a base. We have no base in Israel. The building is another gift on top of many other so they can use their funds to continue building illegal settlements in the West Bank. The Israeli air force probably needs bigger space to expand their operations.

        December 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • VAVeteran

      for their Votes and a second term Silly!

      November 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Remember that a good portion of monetary aid provided to Israel et al is used to purchase weapons and related goods from the US manufacturing sector. So if anything, these forign aid expenditures are in fact subsidies for our military-industrial complex!

      December 1, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Answer: Our Congress, under complete control of Israeli lobbyists!
      Congress can't get any jobs programs going here at home, but jobs in Israel cannot be denied! Sure, only American contractors can bid on this project, but who gets hired to do the actual work? Are these contractors obligated to hire out of work American constrution workers? Ha, ha, ha! This is as sick as it sounds!

      December 1, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Israel spends its money on lobbyists!!! Congress just loves them! "What do you want, Israel?" Just ask and you WILL receive!
      Boehner and Cantor want government spending cuts! What a joke. They would never deny Israel a dime! Just don't ask our rich people to pay for it. How sick does this get?

      December 1, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  16. Portland tony

    This is news? underground bunker....picnic tables and all. Obviously a clandestine command center capable of withstanding the wrath of an angry God that only US firms can bid on? Hummm!

    November 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Why can't Israel build it's own Air Force complex (with their own money!)???
      They are arrogantly so much "better" than everyone else! I sure don't want to be paying to build buildings there, we have highways and bridges to fix here at home, yet no money for these "job creating" projects!
      Silly, it's it? Israel "owns" Congress for a reason!

      November 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
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    Reblogged this on cherdelg's Blog.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply

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