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Israel signs $3bn arms deals since normalisation Accords

Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz speaks at the Reichman University's Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) in the Mediterranean coastal city of Herzliya on 23 November 2021. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz on 23 November 2021 [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, said Thursday, Israel has signed arms deals worth more than $3 billion with countries in the region since the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020 with Arab countries, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Gantz said Israeli Defence Ministry personnel held about 150 meetings with "their counterparts in regional countries, excluding Egypt and Jordan," according to Haaretz newspaper.

He, however, did not mention the names of the countries that signed the arms deals, or held security meetings with Israel.

Gantz, meanwhile, called for enhancing regional cooperation against Iran ahead of US President Joe Biden's visit to the region. He said the US President's visit sends a strong message to Israel's enemies and "strengthens Israel's position".

In 2020, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan signed US-sponsored deals to normalise relations with Israel, in what came to be known as "Abraham Accords".

The deals have drawn widespread condemnations from Palestinians, who say the Accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

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