"Israel would approve the deal - but only if the vehicles were altered so that it would be impossible to mount a machine gun on them. " REALLY? What magic "alteration" will make it "impossible" to mount machine guns? No such thing. Any dimwit with a blowtorch can put a .50 cal mount in front of a hatch, not to mention putting gunports anywhere else. Make no mistake, the next time combat erupts, these vehicles in the hands of the PA will result in higher IDF and Israeli civiliain casualties before the Merkavas and Apaches get around to knocking them out. But what's a few more dead Israelis to Israeli leaders, if they are "the price of peace"? Just a few more Bar Lev line sacrifices.
from the article: Israel gives green light to armored vehicles for Palestinian Authority