Friday, June 11, 2010

Israeli request for more arms from US raises fears of regional violence

By Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem, The Independent/UK, June 10, 2010

Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak made a move for the weapons   during a recent visit to Washington
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Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak made a move for the weapons during a recent visit to Washington

Israel has approached the United States for more bombs and asked Washington to increase an emergency arms cache stowed on Israeli soil by 50 per cent, according to the leading newspaper Ha’aretz.

The approach, made by Defence Minister Ehud Barak during a recent visit to Washington, reflects the heightened tensions in recent months between the Jewish state and its neighbours that have given rise to widespread fears within Israel of an imminent regional conflict.

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