#27 Cipora Julianna Kohn - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Chris Linthwaite
    • 10.01.10 | 12:10 (IST)

    The United States and others including the United Kingdom armed the Muahadeen to stop the Soviet Union advancing South from Afghanistan and threatening the oil fields of the Middle East. Likewise arming Israel was seen as a way of maintaining a foothold in the Eastern Mediterranean. It had the added bonus of garnering the Jewish vote in the US. Unfortunately for Israel since the demise of the Soviet Union, Saddam Hussein and the rise of Iran as a regional superpower. Planet Earth's attention has moved away from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Northern Gulf and also to countries such as Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and now since Christmas Day Yemen. One way to make friends is to allow these countries to have soe military kit (also with a global meltdown it is handy they have a commodity the world wants which provides an income). The fact is and Israelis and Israel firsters are finding great difficulty in accepting is that the strategic importance of Israel is on the decli

    from the article: 'Bush sold Arab states arms in violation of deal with Israel'
    First published 01:43 10.01.10 | Last updated 09:34 10.01.10
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