Israel “Concerned” About the Latest US-Saudi Arms Deal

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May 22nd, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– – – translated by Samer Hussein –  

Israel has concerns, regarding the latest US-Saudi arms deal and which is said to be worth at least $110 Billion. 

On Sunday, Yuval Steinitz, Israeli Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, expressed “discomfort” with such deal.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars in arms deals is something we need to get an explanation for.” 

“Saudi Arabia is a hostile country and we need to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge is maintained.”

“This is not a country that we have diplomatic relations with,” he added, noting that it “is still a hostile country and nobody knows what the future holds.”

“I hope we’ll receive clear answers to that soon. This is definitely something that should trouble us,” Steinitz was quoted by Israel paper Yediot Ahronot.

Although Israel and Saudi Arabia managed to get closer in the past few years, especially because both countries are on bad terms with Iran, Israel nonetheless remains sceptical as Saudi Arabia regularly provides financial aid to jihadist groups that could at any point turn against Israel. 

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