US, Is­rael arms deal


ma­jor Amer­i­can arms sale will “en­sure Is­rael’s air su­pe­ri­or­ity in the fu­ture” while en­hanc­ing its lon­grange ca­pa­bil­i­ties, US Sec­re­tary of De­fence Chuck Hagel has said dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with De­fence Min­is­ter Moshe Ya’alon in Tel Aviv.

Hagel pointed out that the deal in­volves the sell­ing of de­fence plat­forms never be­fore made avail­able by the United States to an­other coun­try, adding that he had be­gun talks with Ya’alon about a fu­ture as­sis­tance pro­gramme to Is­rael for 2017, when the cur­rent agree­ment ends.

The arms sale in­cludes V-22 Osprey he­li­copter-plane air­craft, re­fu­elling tankers, ad­vanced radars for fighter jets and ad­vanced mis­siles that tar­get air de­fences.

The deal is part of a wider $10 bil­lion pack­age in­volv­ing US sales to Is­rael, Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates, de­signed to pro­vide Wash­ing­ton’s al­lies in the re­gion with en­hanced mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties against Iran. The UAE will take stock

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