Report: US reassures Israel over Saudi fighter jet deal

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December 30, 2011 08:48

 
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Officials in the United States have sought to reassure Israel that the $29.4 billion sale of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia will boost Israeli security in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

According to the report, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro told Israel from Washington that the sale, which includes 84 new F-15 fighter jets, will not affect Israel's "qualitative military edge."

The United States was confident that the Saudi purchase would benefit Israeli security by "bolstering moderate allies in the Gulf," according to the report.

Officials in Jerusalem have not responded to the sale.

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