US to sell munitions worth $647 million to Israel
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US to sell munitions worth $647 million to Israel

New York City : NY : USA | Dec 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM PST
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Benjamin Netanyahu listens to an IDF air force general at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting

Israel is one of the largest United States military and civil aid receivers. The US has been providing huge military funds to Israel, besides providing the country with sophisticated weapons and modern gadgets. According to a latest deal, the United States is going to sell munitions worth $647 million to Israel in order to reinforce inventory of Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It may be pertinent to mention here that the IDF used massive bombings in Gaza Strip during the Operation Pillar of Defense. The IDF fought a weeklong war with Hamas that ultimately followed a peace deal between Israel and Palestinian Authority.

However, nitty-gritty of the cease-fire deal has yet to be formalized. Both Israel and Palestine claimed victory following the treaty that was announced by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi played a vital role in cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian Authority. Encouraged by the war with Israel, Palestinian Authority moved the United Nations General Assembly for up gradation of its status. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the move and said it was against the truce signed by Israel and Hamas to bring peace and stability in the region.

During the weeklong war, the IDF carried out more than a thousand attacks in the Gaza Strip against strongholds and ammunition centers of Hamas. Apparently, to compensate the IDF, the US is replenishing weapons’ stock of Israel. Under the deal, the US is going to provide Israel with 10,000 bombs of numerous kinds. The list includes 3,450 bombs weighing a ton each, 1,725 bombs weighing 250 kilograms each, 1,725 BLU-109 bunker-buster bombs and 3,450 GBU-39 bunker-buster bombs intended for fortified targets with minimal impact in order to prevent harm to innocent civilians. The US Department of Defense has also notified Congress of the sale.

The move will definitely start an arms race in the region and Israel’s neighbor, Iran will stand justified in her stance that the US has been providing munitions to Israel to fight with Muslim countries. Iran will also get an opportunity and justification to provide more arms and ammunitions to Hamas and Hezbollah. Both the outfits are heavily funded and supported by Iran and in fact these organizations have been waging a proxy war with Israel on behalf of Iran. The United States and other world powers should understand the sensitivities of the region and refrain from the steps that can further put stability of the region at stake.

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Benjamin Netanyahu listens to an IDF air force general at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting
Benjamin Netanyahu listens to an IDF air force general at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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