Sunday, July 29, 2007
Israel backs U.S. arms sale to Saudis
It's official, our leaders are fools.
JERUSALEM - In a break from historic Israeli opposition to U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday his country understands Washington‘s plan to supply state-of-the-art weapons to Riyadh as a counterweight to Iranian influence.
"We understand the need of the United States to support the Arab moderate states ( ?? ) and there is a need for a united front between the U.S. and us regarding Iran," Olmert told a weekly Cabinet meeting.
The proposed arms deal would include advanced weaponry and air systems that would greatly enhance the striking ability of Saudi warplanes, alarming the Israeli right. One leading hard-liner warned that Saudi Arabia, although not belligerent now, could be taken over by extremists.
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