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    US-Arab states arms deals irk Israel Monday, 04 January 2010 PressTV http://www.rebelnews.org/politics/middle-east/160102-us-arab-states-arms-deals-irk-israel
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      US-Arab states arms deals irk Israel
      Monday, 04 January 2010
      PressTV
      http://www.rebelnews.org/politics/middle-east/160102-us-arab-states-arms-deals-irk-israel


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      A new report says major arms deal agreements signed between Washington and several Arab countries has raised concerns among Israeli officials.

      The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Monday that Washington has recently signed several arms deals based on which it will sell advanced arms to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

      According to the report, the shipments are to include anti-ship and anti-tank missiles as well as the so-called smart and bunker-busting bombs.

      Israel, however, expressed concern over the arms sales to the Arab countries.

      According to the Pentagon's report to Congress in December, no arms deal with Israel has taken place since US President Barack Obama took office on January 2008.

      The details of the deals were also posted on the Pentagon website in which the Department of Defense noted that none of the deals would "alter the military balance in the region."

      Israel had formerly expressed concern about the US arms sales to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries during George W. Bush's presidency.

      In its report to Congress the Pentagon argued that providing the Arab countries with advanced arms "is part of Washington's efforts to boost the moderate axis in the Middle East and to deter Iran."

      "Egypt needs these missiles in order to protect its borders," according to the report.

      A large arms deal with Saudi Arabia includes the sale of 2,742 TOW-2 anti-tank missiles. These advanced missiles, which Israel also possesses, are capable of penetrating the armor protection of most tanks. The total value of this deal, which is to benefit the Saudi National Guard, is estimated at USD 177 million.

      The report also explained that the large arms deal with Saudi Arabia, are part of an effort to "deter Iran and to counter Al-Qaeda in Yemen."

      This is while, since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has never invaded any country.

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      A US trooper operating a TOW-2 anti-tank missile launcher in Afghanistan
      A new report says major arms deal agreements signed between Washington and several Arab countries has raised concerns among Israeli officials.

      The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Monday that Washington has recently signed several arms deals based on which it will sell advanced arms to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

      According to the report, the shipments are to include anti-ship and anti-tank missiles as well as the so-called smart and bunker-busting bombs.

      Israel, however, expressed concern over the arms sales to the Arab countries.

      According to the Pentagon's report to Congress in December, no arms deal with Israel has taken place since US President Barack Obama took office on January 2008.

      The details of the deals were also posted on the Pentagon website in which the Department of Defense noted that none of the deals would "alter the military balance in the region."

      Israel had formerly expressed concern about the US arms sales to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries during George W. Bush's presidency.

      In its report to Congress the Pentagon argued that providing the Arab countries with advanced arms "is part of Washington's efforts to boost the moderate axis in the Middle East and to deter Iran."

      "Egypt needs these missiles in order to protect its borders," according to the report.

      A large arms deal with Saudi Arabia includes the sale of 2,742 TOW-2 anti-tank missiles. These advanced missiles, which Israel also possesses, are capable of penetrating the armor protection of most tanks. The total value of this deal, which is to benefit the Saudi National Guard, is estimated at USD 177 million.

      The report also explained that the large arms deal with Saudi Arabia, are part of an effort to "deter Iran and to counter Al-Qaeda in Yemen."

      This is while, since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has never invaded any country.

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