“Croatia should accept Israel’s offer to supply its air force with F-16 fighter jets, the former Yugoslav republic’s national defense council said on Tuesday.

Croatia asked five countries last year to bid for contracts to supply it with fighter jets: Sweden, Israel, the United States, Greece and South Korea.

The Israeli offer, which according to the media reports is worth some $500 million, includes a squadron of 12 already used F-16s.

‘The defense council has accepted that Israel made the best offer and accordingly gave a recommendation to the government,’ the defense council, comprising top state and defense officials, said in a statement.

Its recommendation must now be formally approved by the government.” (Reuters)