U.S. Begins Building Israeli Base
(May 17, 2001)
Israeli and American officials have broken ground for a $266 million Israeli military base that is being built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and paid for by the United States under an agreement signed in 1998. The new base, in the southern Negev region, is replacing an Israeli Army training site in the West Bank. Martin Indyk, the American ambassador to Israel, called the project a symbol "of America's continuing commitment to Israel's security."
Source: New York Times, (May 17, 2001)