Israeli media has announced that Israel will not be able to fulfil the contract to sell planes to Croatia. The Večernji List newspaper has run an article claiming that the Israelis have admitted that the USA initially approved the sale of the modified F-16 Barak aircraft, but with clear conditions stating that agreement only applies to Croatia. However, the deal fell through when at the end of the summer they also offered F-16’s to Bulgaria and Romania.
What is disputed is the fact that there was a possibility for Israel to sell planes to these countries according to the "Croatian model," which is unacceptable to the USA and why Croatia has become a collateral victim.
Skilled traders like the Israelis are, found three corrupt countries that they can talk to in that manner, and agree for themselves the best price for these planes, that perhaps no one else would buy except for these three countries. I would call this a secondary purchase. I wanted to cheat you, and you me, it turned out that someone else held us back so that you can't cheat me and I can't cheat you,” said former arms dealer Zvonko Zubak when appearing on Croatian Television. Zubak said that he would instead go with completely new F-16’s from the USA.
The Ministry of Defence claims that no warning exists, a so-called “non-paper,” in which the American side warned Croatia on obstacles to the sale of Israeli F-16 aircraft.
This was also confirmed by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, while the president’s office said yesterday that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović never received a document stating that there are problems in the process of acquiring Israeli planes.
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