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Israel Pursues 20 Added F-35 Jets Offered in U.S. Peace Swap

Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, said his country is still seeking 20 additional F-35 fighter jets even after the failure of a U.S. offer to provide the planes in exchange for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.

The 20 jets would be in addition to the 20 Lockheed Martin Corp.-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, valued at about $2.8 billion, that Israel ordered in October, Oren told Bloomberg News reporters and editors in Washington yesterday.