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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Liberman slams US-Saudi Arabia arms deal

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) spoke on Wednesday morning about the weapons deal signed between the US and Saudi Arabia during US President Donald Trump's recent visit.
 
In an interview with Galei Zahal Radio, Liberman said, "I'm not comfortable with the whole arms race in the Middle East. The weapons deals have reached $215 billion, and that's a significant sum of money. I'm not comfortable with the weapons race and acquisitions in huge Saudi Arabia."
 
Speaking about the concern that the US leaded classified information to the Russians, Liberman said, "Everything we needed to do to make up with our American friends, we've done. We've done everything we can, we've spoken with them about it, and there's no reason to continue."
 
"We've patched things up, and we are cooperating on intelligence like never before."
The Saudi-US weapons deal, worth $110 billion, includes tanks, warships, anti-missile systems, radar systems, and cyber technology which the US will sell to Saudi Arabia. In addition, Lockheed Martin will assemble in Saudi Arabia instead of in the US 150 Black Hawk helicopters intended for the Saudi kingdom.