According to this report in Arutz Sheva:

the State Department has blocked the transfer of weapons and technology to Israel over the past three months, reflecting deteriorating relations between the two countries since the war in Lebanon in August of this year.

The unofficial suspension of U.S. arms deliveries, beginning in late September, halted the airlift of air-to-ground and other munitions that had been ongoing since the war – despite Israel’s continuing need for them. Israel says it needs the equipment in order to replenish munitions and other stocks in preparation for a larger war that might include Syria in mid-2007.

Two reasons have been given for the deterioration in relations. One is the perceived Israeli loss, or at least non-victory, in the war with Hizbullah, which has undermined U.S. confidence in Israel’s military and government. In addition, the U.S. may be trying to assuage Saudi Arabia, whose help the U.S. seeks in Iraq. “There’s nothing like stopping the weapons flow to Israel to show the Saudis that the United States means business,” a diplomatic source told MENL.

Meanwhile, Iran has restocked Hezbollah’s supply of rockets, weapons designed for use against random Israeli civilian targets. The idea that the “Israeli loss, or at least non-victory, in the war with Hizbullah, which has undermined U.S. confidence in Israel’s military and government” is a bit rich. It’s not like the US is doing well in Iraq after four years of slogging. Worse, hurting Israeli to assuage the duplicitous Saudis, the primary financers and exporters of Islamic radicalism, is short-sighted stupidity and a betrayal of our one true ally in the Middle East. Looks like the Bush administration is listening to the likes of James “F… the Jews, they don’t vote for us anyway” Baker.

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