Israel is now officially the last country in the Middle East stupid enough to buy American weapons. They are hugely overpriced, technologically complex to the point of being unreliable, and make us political dependent on the United States, which can refuse to supply spare parts. We have always advocated switching from the United States to Russia for military purchases.
This week, the US Defense Secretary failed to mend relations with Saudi Arabia, which abandoned a $60 billion deal to buy American weapons. Though the Saudis cited financial constraints due to the cost of their involvement in Bahrain, their switch from the US to Russia and China is a slap in the Washington’s face. America has now lost one of its most important allies, one that has been faithful for six decades.
The Saudi move leaves Israel, Kuwait, and the UAE as the only pro-American countries around here.