Don't Cancel Sale of Apache Helicopters to Egypt, Israel Urges U.S.

(Ha'aretz) Barak Ravid - Israel is urging Washington not to stop the supply of 10 advanced Apache combat helicopters to the Egyptian army. A high-ranking official in Jerusalem said Israel clarified that the helicopters were crucial to Egypt's fight against jihadist groups in Sinai and will improve regional security. However, there is considerable opposition in Congress to renewing military aid to Egypt until the army transfers the reins to an elected democratic government. The senior Israeli official said that Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, talked about the matter with high-ranking American officials last week. Last week a delegation of top Egyptian army officers and officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Israel.

2014-03-19 00:00:00

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