Singapore PM open about defense relationship with Israel

The booming Israel-Singapore relationship was built on strong military ties, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Tuesday in an unusual public admission by an Asian country of a close military relationship with Israel.

“We have a long and deep relationship between Singapore and Israel,” Lee said before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem office. “But really it all started with a defense relationship. We are very grateful to Israel that when independence was thrust upon us in August 1965 and when Singapore’s security and survival were in doubt, you helped us, the IDF helped us to build up the Singapore Armed Forces when other countries turned us down.”


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