web analytics
April 16, 2014 / 16 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



U.S. to Sell Dozens of Fighter Jets to Saudi Arabia

saudif15

Share Button

The Obama administration will soon announce the sale of dozens of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia for nearly $30 billion. Anonymous sources in Washington told the Associated Press that the $29.4 billion deal would include 84 new F-15 fighter planes and 70 aircraft upgrades.

Supporters of Israel in the US Congress were reassured the sale would not come at the cost of an Israeli military advantage. Moreover, Israeli officials have not raised protest to the deal, largely due to a mutual concern between Israel and Saudi Arabia over the threat to the region posed by Iran.

Iran, which was recently proved by the IAEA to be enriching uranium for the purposes of creating atomic weapons, has made several open threats to Israel in recent months, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dedicating many speeches to his belief that Israel soon should and will be eradicated. Just this week Iran’s vice president also threatened that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a central Persian Gulf oil shipping route, if hit by Western sanctions. Iran is conducting a 10-day military exercise from there out to the Arabian Sea as a means of proving its point.

Last year, an arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia was altered when Israel opposed the sale of long-range missiles to the Saudis, leading the sale to exclude those items. Israel and Saudi Arabia do not conduct diplomatic relations. Saudi prince Turki al-Faisal has said that there is no hope of Saudi relations with Israel until Israel abandons Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Golan, and the parts of Jerusalem occupied by Jordan in 1967.

Saudi Arabia is the most militarily advanced Arab state in the world, on top of being one of the globe’s wealthiest countries. It is a close ally of the United States, despite the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, in which 15 Saudi nationals took part in hijacking planes and flying them into the buildings, leading to their collapse and the deaths of 2,973 people. In October 2010, the Obama administration announced that the largest military arms deal in US history would be made with Saudi Arabia for $60.5 billion.

In November, the IDF announced the purchase of F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States, originally to be delivered in 2015, but now possibly delayed due to problems in the JSF program.

Share Button

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

No Responses to “U.S. to Sell Dozens of Fighter Jets to Saudi Arabia”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
The interior of the El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, Tunisia, in 2009.
Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba
Latest News Stories
The interior of the El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, Tunisia, in 2009.

A local Jewish merchant was stabbed Monday on the island of Djerba.

The Israeli hi-tech company Matrix has announced it is opening a “massive training center” in Nanjing, China.

Men who are Kohanim -- members of the priestly caste -- spread their prayer shawls in preparation for the benediction of the Jewish Nation at the Western Wall.

Rabbis have been busy with preparations for the traditional Birkat Kohanim, Priestly Blessing, set for Thursday.

Blue Valley High School, Overland Park, Kansas, the school attended by 14-year-old shooting victim Reat Griffin Underwood.

The suspect charged in the pre-Passover shooting deaths of three people outside two Kansas Jewish centers is a known white supremacist.

More than 400 people sat down at the first seder this year at the Chabad House of Bangkok, Thailand.

The following is President Obama’s statement on Passover (April 14, 2014). As he has in the past, the President held an official Passover Seder at the White House. Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world. On Tuesday, just as we […]

PM Binyamin Netanyahu blamed Palestinian Authority incitement for the terrorist murder of a police officer on Passover eve.

The officers had signaled to the Arab driver to pull over. He then rammed into them.

The Palestinian terrorist stood by the side of the road at shot at passing cars with an AK-47.

We would like to wish all our readers a wonderful and kosher Pesach holiday.

Kerry reportedly admitted that he had “made a mistake.”

But Israel’s stance is not sufficiently consequential to set off a fight between friends, neoconservative scholars said.

No, it’s not another Haredi protest against the draft, it’s burning the Chametz.

Even the Egyptians didn’t dare do this!

Once again Israel Police closed the Temple Mount to Jews and Christians on the eve of a Jewish holiday, for ‘safety’s sake.’

More Articles from Malkah Fleisher
Godzilla (R.)

A green bell pepper affectionately dubbed “Godzilla” by the children of Moshav Ein Yahav in the northern Arava desert has won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Though the permissibility of watching hired sports players go to battle in a large stadium is a source of controversy amongst Torah observant Jews, the food being served at the upcoming Super Bowl games in New Orleans is not.

Rabbi Yitzchok Moully, youth director at the Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will be introducing a new art installation in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, inspired by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

More than 2,000 people have made contributions in memory of the young victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to plant a grove of trees in Israel.

Shoshana Hebshi, a half-Jewish, half-Arab woman from Ohio is suing Frontier Airlines, the FBI, TSA and other governmental agencies after she says she was forced off a flight, strip-searched, and imprisoned on the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

Women may enter military combat in the United States, following the lift of a military ban on women in combat by defense secretary Leon Panetta.

The Jewish National Fund will reconsider a plan to forest parts of the Arava desert, following the request of environmental organizations to consider the impact of trying to alter the native ecosystem.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Israel and western countries not to attempt to stop Iran’s nuclear program through military means.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/u-s-to-sell-dozens-of-fighter-jets-to-saudi-arabia/2011/12/29/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: