White House Finalizing $100 Billion Arms Deal For Saudi Arabia, Israel

White House officials said the move would be good for the economy, and insisted that building Saudi Arabia’s already substantial military was “essential” because of regional problems.
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    Earlier this month, US officials said the US was seeking to reach “billions” of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia as part of Trump’s visit to Riyadh. With a week left before the visit, officials now say the White House is very close to the deal, and that it will amount to over $100 billion in sales.

    Details are still emerging, but the plan is for this to set out a series of growing deals over the next decade that will involve more than $300 billion going to arms dealers, not just to arm the Saudis, but in extra aid to Israel to ensure their “qualitative military edge” over the Saudis.

    White House officials said the move would be good for the economy, and insisted that building Saudi Arabia’s already substantial military was “essential” because of regional problems. Saudi Arabia, of course, spends much of its military budget invading Yemen and trying to reinstall former President Hadi in power.



    Given Saudi Arabia’s Yemen-centric foreign policy, US sales are likely to be heavily on warplanes and bombs to drop on northern Yemen, as the conflict has lasted far longer than the Saudis anticipated, and there is little sign they are interested in extricating themselves from the conflict anytime soon.

    How much this means Israel will get greatly depends on the sort of weapons the US is giving Saudi Arabia, and particularly if there is anything “new” in the shipments or just more of the same old stuff. The US commitment to ensuring Israel has an advantage over the rest of the Middle East militarily, while at the same time selling large amounts of arms to the rest of the Middle East, has been icing on the cake for US arms makers, who end up supplying all sides of this arms race.


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    • Keen

      Seems that deal is only to get funds for israel, since billions of dollars they get is not enough.

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    • tapatio

      Here again, this arms sale is in violation of US law. But, acts in service to Washington’s Zionist masters are not subject to human law – only that of the SELF-CHOSEN master race (which just European Caucasian).

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Mattis looks like a stupid dog begging before his murderous master.

      • tapatio

        Tec, I didn’t respond to your NoC comment because Marlowe whined to them about my looking up her/its FB and I’m out. Back as Rob’t;. Munro.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          I don’t understand. Why put up a FB page if you’re going to be offeded by others looking at it?

          • tapatio

            That Christina Marlowe is a whack-a-mole OR she’s another “Christian” Zionist troll playing religious. Interesting that she goes whining to NoC at the same time Wherry went whining to Disqus, trying to get me banned. Oh, well, if they didn’t hate me I wouldn’t be doing any good.

            Seems that Marlowe also had my Munro ID. It was banned from NoC at the same time and is on a completely different computer.

            • TecumsehUnfaced

              Yes, sometimes the banning is quite arbitrary.

              • tapatio

                Does make me cranky.

                • TecumsehUnfaced

                  I felt pretty cranky too when I got caught similarly by someone crazy.

                  • tapatio

                    :<((

            • TecumsehUnfaced

              Something I just stumbled across. I think it will be useful later.

              The Discriminatory Laws Database
              https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/7771

              • tapatio

                Adalah is an excellent site. I found it on Mondoweiss a while back. Thanks for posting them.