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Arms deal to Saudi will booster Israeli security over Iranian threat, 'Wall Street Journal' quotes US official as saying; White House says $29.4 billion F-15 deal will create jobs.
Officials in the United States have sought to reassure Israel that the $29.4 billion sale of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia will boost Israeli security in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
According to the report, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro told Israel from Washington that the sale, which includes 84 new F-15 fighter jets, will not affect Israel's "qualitative military edge."
Officials in Jerusalem have not officially responded to the sale.
The United States announced Thursday that it will sell $29.4 billion in fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, in a deal the White House said would support more than 50,000 jobs and help reinforce regional security in the Gulf amid mounting tension with Iran.
In a statement released in Honolulu, where Obama is vacationing, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the kingdom had an important role to play in keeping watch over the region, which has also seen protests and political turmoil in Yemen.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by xuenchen
These war pigs have no shame.
Just look at deals like this. How many times has the U.S. sold weapons to multiple nations who are unfriendly with each other? The hypocrisy is painful. Especially since you can't turn on the TV without hearing about Hezbollah or some other "terrorist" organization running arms to other "terrorists".
The U.S., China, Russia, Germany...etc. all have a get out of jail free card on this monopoly.