Following Israel's decision to choose an Israeli company over a Chinese one to build the new desalination plant in Palmachim, an American source has told KAN news that the United States hopes Israel will make the right decision in future sensitive projects. KAN reported that the United States is asking Israel to block Chinese firms' access to 5G cellular infrastructure, ahead the anticipated release of a telecommunications tender. KAN's Mark Weiss asked Alexander Pevzner, a China expert at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security and founding director of the Chinese Media Center at the College of Management in Rishon LeZion, if US pressure influenced Israel's decision in the desalination plant tender.