TEL AVIV [MENL] -- The Bush administration has blocked arms and technology
transfers to Israel.
Israeli and U.S. sources said the State Department has blocked the transfer of weapons and technology to the Jewish state over the last three months. The sources said the halt reflected deteriorating relations between the two countries since the end of the war in Lebanon in August 2006.
"Nobody will say openly that there is a problem," a government source said.
"But there is a serious problem that reflects the marginalization of Israel
in U.S. strategy."
The unofficial suspension of U.S. arms deliveries began in late September,
the sources said. They said the suspension halted the airlift of
air-to-ground and other munitions conducted during and immediately after the
Israeli war with Hizbullah.
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