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World of Enemies
Israel jittery after US-Saudi Arabia
multi-billion dollar military deal
Israel has voiced concerns about a $110 billion arms deal signed by the
US and Saudi Arabia on Saturday, saying it wants answers from President
The deal will see Riyadh gain some of the world's most sophisticated
military equipment, and underlines the warming in relations between
Saudi Arabia and US - Israel's key backer.
Yuval Steinitz, a close aide of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, said
that Israel must "hear the explanations" of the deal when President
Donald Trump arrives in Israel on Monday.
Arms for the region
Trump is in Saudi Arabia for his first overseas visit as president where
the multi-billion dollar arms deal - which could stretch out to $380
billion over ten years - was signed.
Secretary of State Rex Hillerson signalled that the weapons were meant
to strengthen Saudi Arabia against its regional rival Iran.
Despite this - and Israel's own rivalry with Iran - Steinitz said it is
imperative for Israel to have a military advantage over others in the
"[Saudi Arabia] is not a country that we have diplomatic relations
with... it is still a hostile country and nobody knows what the future
holds," Steinitz said, according to AFP.