Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated his country’s desire to acquire V-22 aircraft — a purchase that would be part of a new military aid deal he said he hopes to conclude with Washington.

Speaking Thursday evening at a US Independence Day event in Israel, Netanyahu hailed US-Israel bonds, expressed gratitude for Israel’s newest F-35 fighter and hinted that he intends to purchase with US aid the Bell Boeing V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.

“I’m deeply grateful for the political and military support America has given Israel over the years and indeed just now. We came from the Air Force cadets [graduation ceremony], and we saw our magnificent young men and women flying those machines. They’re American machines,” Netanyahu told celebrants at the US ambassador’s residence here. […]