Monday, May 22, 2017

Israel Raises Concerns On The $110 Billion U.S. Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

US President Donald Trump, left, and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud take part in a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. ( AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

Times Of Israel: After Saudi arms deal, ministers fret about Israel’s military edge

Yuval Steinitz warns Riyadh is a ‘hostile country,’ says Washington should have consulted with Jerusalem before inking agreement.

Two Likud ministers on Sunday voiced concern about Israel’s ability to retain its qualitative military edge in the Middle East, in the first government responses to the $110 billion arms package signed between the US and Saudi Arabia over the weekend aimed at bolstering the Sunni kingdom’s defenses against Iran.

“Saudi Arabia is a hostile country and we must ensure that Israel’s qualitative military edge is preserved,” Likud Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday, according to the Kan news broadcaster.

The energy minister indicated Washington did not consult with Israel before inking the massive arms deal.

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WNU Editor: President Trump will be arriving in Israel later today. I am sure that this arms deal with Saudi Arabia will be raised up when President Trump meets the Israeli Prime Minister.

More News On Israeli Concerns Over The $110 Billion U.S. Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

Ministers concerned Saudi arms deal might blunt Israel's military edge -- Jerusalem Post
'Israel's military edge will not be compromised' -- Arutz Sheva
Israeli minister expresses concern over U.S.-Saudi arms deal -- Reuters
Israeli ministers concerned over ‘troubling’ US arms deal with ‘hostile’ Saudi Arabia -- RT
Dulling Their Edge? Israel Not Happy About Trump’s Massive Arms Deal With Saudis -- Sputnik
'How can it hurt?' Why Israel says it's not worried by Trump's huge Saudi arms deal -- The Times of Israel

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