Monday, August 06, 2007

More weapons for Israel and less for Saudi Arabia

Israeli military police women stand in formation during an honor cordon ceremony for Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates in Tel Aviv, Israel, April, 18, 2007.

More weapons are going to Israel and less to Saudi Arabia.

Over the next 10 years, the USA will supply around $63 billion worth of weapons to Middle East countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel. (America in the Middle East Arming its friends and talking peace ...)

Israel is to get a 25% increase in military aid; $3 billion a year; £30 billion over ten years.

Egypt is to get only $1.3 billion a year; $13 billion over ten years.

Saudi Arabia and 5 other Gulf states will get only $20 billion in weapons over ten years.

From 1990-2000, Saudi Arabia bought around $40 billion-worth of American arms.

So, it looks as if Saudi Arabia is now going to get less, while Israel gets more.

In March 2007, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia described America's occupation of Iraq as illegal.

It looks like Xymphora may be wrong about the arms deal? ("The recent agreement of the American government to supply sophisticated arms to the Saudis is a massive, massive – did I mention massive? – defeat for Israel, and return to form of the American Establishment." - permanent link)



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