US finalizing arms sales to Israel, Arab nations

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    US finalizing arms sales to Israel, Arab nations


    The Defense Department is working out final details of $10 billion in sales of warplanes, transport aircraft and advanced missiles to Israel and two Arab nations amid concerns about the growing threat from Iran and its disputed nuclear weapons program, Pentagon and congressional officials said Friday.

    The U.S. has spent the past year negotiating with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the deals, which come ahead of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to the Middle East starting Sunday.



    In Israel, officials said the U.S. offer is meant to ensure Israel's military edge in the region, in light of arms sales the U.S. is advancing in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    The weaponry is not expected to arrive in Israel for at least two years.




    The Pentagon and congressional officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deals publicly. One official said the deals were briefed to Congress on Thursday by Wendy Sherman, the State Department's undersecretary for political affairs, and James Miller, the Pentagon's undersecretary for policy.


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