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    Last Update: 01/08/2004 10:22 Diplomatic source: Israel trying to block U.S.-Jordan arms deal By Haaretz Staff http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/458433.html
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      Last Update: 01/08/2004 10:22

      Diplomatic source: Israel trying to block U.S.-Jordan arms deal

      By Haaretz Staff

      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/458433.html

      Israel is trying to block an American-Jordanian arms deal, a diplomatic
      source said Saturday. The deal is for AMRAAM air-to-air missiles to be
      installed in Jordanian airplanes. The source said this is the first time
      since signing the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan that Israel has
      tried to stop arms from reaching Jordan.




      Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom decided to
      try to sabotage the deal, fearing that if the U.S. sold the missiles to
      Jordan, it would ultimately sell them to Egypt as well. Israel is concerned
      at Egypt arming itself with advanced weapons.

      The advanced AMRAAM missile homes on targets accurately and the defense
      establishment said if any other state besides Israel gets them, it would
      impair Israel's "qualitative edge."

      An Israeli source said: "It is not healthy for such weapons to be so short
      a distance from Israel and it is not clear why Jordan wants them. Clearly
      if Jordan was attacked we would do the work for them, so there is no
      justification to sell them the missiles." A report to this effect is due to
      be broadcast on Army Radio Sunday morning.

      The deal is at an advanced stage and the American administration has
      already asked Congress for approval. The Americans saw no problem in
      selling Jordan the missiles in view of the good relations it has with
      Israel and since Israel does not regard Jordan as any significant threat.
      However, when the issue reached Mofaz's desk about two weeks ago he decided
      Israel must object.

      The Jewish organizations in Washington expressed concern over the deal to
      the administration and Israel asked senior congressmen to delay the
      transaction. However, Israel wants to stop the deal by persuading the
      administration and not by activating the congress against the
      administration.

      Israel is also examining various technical possibilities to ensure that the
      missiles are not directed against it, or to obtain an undertaking that
      these weapons will not reach Egyptian hands.

      American sources expressed astonishment at Israel's attempt to thwart the
      deal because Jordan has signed a peace agreement with Israel and its army
      does not threaten Israel. Certain Israeli officials have also objected to
      Israel's bid to torpedo the deal. They said sabotaging the deal would
      damage Israel's relations with Jordan and that it was better not to go
      against the Americans on a "borderline" issue.
    • Joseph M. Hochstein
      Haaretz Last Update: 01/08/2004 10:22 Diplomatic source: Israel trying to block U.S.-Jordan arms deal By Haaretz Staff
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        Last Update: 01/08/2004 10:22
        Diplomatic source: Israel trying to block U.S.-Jordan arms deal
        By Haaretz Staff
        http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/452564.html

        Israel is trying to block an American-Jordanian arms deal, a diplomatic
        source said Saturday. The deal is for AMRAAM air-to-air missiles to be
        installed in Jordanian airplanes. The source said this is the first time
        since signing the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan that Israel has
        tried to stop arms from reaching Jordan.

        Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom decided
        to try to sabotage the deal, fearing that if the U.S. sold the missiles
        to Jordan, it would ultimately sell them to Egypt as well. Israel is
        concerned at Egypt arming itself with advanced weapons.

        The advanced AMRAAM missile homes on targets accurately and the defense
        establishment said if any other state besides Israel gets them, it would
        impair Israel's "qualitative edge."

        An Israeli source said: "It is not healthy for such weapons to be so
        short a distance from Israel and it is not clear why Jordan wants them.
        Clearly if Jordan was attacked we would do the work for them, so there
        is no justification to sell them the missiles." A report to this effect
        is due to be broadcast on Army Radio Sunday morning.

        The deal is at an advanced stage and the American administration has
        already asked Congress for approval. The Americans saw no problem in
        selling Jordan the missiles in view of the good relations it has with
        Israel and since Israel does not regard Jordan as any significant
        threat. However, when the issue reached Mofaz's desk about two weeks ago
        he decided Israel must object.

        The Jewish organizations in Washington expressed concern over the deal
        to the administration and Israel asked senior congressmen to delay the
        transaction. However, Israel wants to stop the deal by persuading the
        administration and not by activating the congress against the
        administration.

        Israel is also examining various technical possibilities to ensure that
        the missiles are not directed against it, or to obtain an undertaking
        that these weapons will not reach Egyptian hands.

        American sources expressed astonishment at Israel's attempt to thwart
        the deal because Jordan has signed a peace agreement with Israel and its
        army does not threaten Israel. Certain Israeli officials have also
        objected to Israel's bid to torpedo the deal. They said sabotaging the
        deal would damage Israel's relations with Jordan and that it was better
        not to go against the Americans on a "borderline" issue.
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