The Israeli government will soon be called on to make a final decision on the nation’s planned purchase of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Defence minister Moshe Ya’alon wants to cancel the proposed deal, while the air force is pushing to sign up to the type, according to the contents of a letter of agreement with the USA.

Israel’s Protective Edge operation in Gaza earlier this year has placed increased pressure on the nation’s defence budget. Demand for additional ground systems, like the Israeli-made Namer armoured personnel carrier, moved to the top of the defence ministry’s acquisition list. […]