U.S. Violated Promise to Preserve IDF's Qualitative Edge

(Ha'aretz) Barak Ravid and Aluf Benn - The Bush administration violated U.S. agreements with Israel to preserve the IDF's qualitative edge over Arab armies, according to senior officials in the Obama administration and Israel. During the last year of the Bush administration, the U.S. sold military equipment to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE similar to what it sold to Israel, including advanced F-15 fighter-bombers, satellite-guided and laser-guided "smart bombs," advanced anti-ship missiles and electronic suites for aircraft. In subsequent talks between the Obama administration and Israel, Israeli officials have stressed that the arms provided with the aim of bolstering moderate Arab states against Iran could be directed in the future against Israel.

2010-01-11 08:17:01

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