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While U.S. promises $38 Billion to Israel over 10 years, pols fight over proposed $1.1 Billion to Saudi Arabia

Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca Sept. 5. | Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

By Stephen Kinzer
September 14, 2016

By trying to block a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a bipartisan group of US senators is challenging one of the key forces that shape American foreign policy: the arms industry. Their campaign shines a light on the role that this industry plays in whipping up fears of danger in the world. How do Americans know that Saudi Arabia is a peace-loving country dedicated to fighting terrorism? The same way we know that Russia is a snarling enemy on a rampage of conquest: The arms industry tells us so.

Source: Frustrating the war lobby – The Boston Globe

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By Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash September 13

Israel and the United States have reached an agreement that will provide Israel an unprecedented amount of military aid over a decade.

The State Department said the agreement, known as a memo of understanding, will be signed Wednesday afternoon. Jacob Nagel, Israel’s acting national security adviser, arrived in Washington on Tuesday morning to sign on behalf of his country.

Source: U.S. and Israel reach agreement on unprecedented amount of military aid – The Washington Post

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