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Israel Vows to Consult U.S. Before Arms Sales (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 09:21 PM
Israel announced that it will discuss any arms sales to other nations with the United States before going through with them. This agreement arose from friction between Israel and the U.S. over Israel's sales of certain weapons technology to China, much to the chagrin of the United States. But even though Israel will discuss the sales, it says the U.S. won't be able to veto any sale Israel desires to make over U.S. objections.
Israel has agreed to consult with the US government before selling weapons to China or other nations under an understanding announced Tuesday.

"There are no winners, there are no losers," Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon told The Associated Press. "This is a win-win situation. Both parties win strategically."

However, he also said Israel would not do anything to hurt its good relationship with the United States.

"This ends the dispute" over Israeli weapons sales by setting guidelines and establishes a basis for a more constructive relationship with the United States, Ayalon said.

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Well it looks like Israel has finally realized who butters their bread. I wonder if this concession will get them back into the Joint Strike Fighter project, since it appears they were kicked out after these weapons sales to China.

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[edit on 8/16/2005 by djohnsto77]

posted on Aug, 17 2005 @ 02:45 AM
Signed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, the joint statement goes:

"The strategic alliance between the United States and Israel reflects common understandings of the global security environment. In this cooperative relationship, the United States and Israel share information and consult on possible threats to U.S. and Israeli defense interests"


"signing of this understanding underscores the commitment of the U.S. and Israel to work together to address global security challenges. Cooperation between the U.S. and Israel is important to the security of the Middle East and we expect that cooperation to continue." (link)

So both - the U.S. and Israel - will have to consult each other, right?


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