American aerospace contractor and maker of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, Lockheed Martin, is opening a “one of a kind” science-focused preschool in Jerusalem, with plans to serve Israeli children as young as five, according to a press release from Jerusalem’s municipality.
In May of this year, an Israeli military official openly bragged that “Israel was the first regime in the world to have used the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter jets in attack mode.” In December of 2016, Israel received the first two F-35s out of the 50 ordered from the United States.
Lockheed Martin invested over $1 billion in Israel between 2010 and 2017.
Israel is a worldwide leader in weapons sales, marketing its wares as “combat tested” after using them on Palestinians, most frequently in the Gaza Strip. Residents of Gaza are trapped in what is called the world’s largest open-air prison, where they are subjected to Israeli abuses, including a mind-boggling use of high tech weaponry and bombs.
While such a country’s ongoing partnership with Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest manufacturer of weapons, seems almost natural, the company has ingrained itself in the very fabric of education across the globe, most notably in the United States. With programs for kids like Lockheed Martin Engineering Day, National Discovery Education Lockheed Martin Beyond Challenge, and Lockheed Martin Video Challenge, as well as the Lockheed Martin Teacher Award, the weapons giant’s interest in education is curious.
Lockheed Martin Opening Jerusalem Preschool for Israelis