“Ambassador Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute, told The Jerusalem Post that ‘it is fairly typical of new administrations to review big arms sales that its predecessors have committed to doing.’

“‘Reagan, for example, reviewed the Carter administration decision to provide AWACS to Saudi Arabia, and then proceeded to make the sale. It looked at the need and the justification for the sale and then went ahead with the deal.’

“‘It allows the administration to make clear that it will take a judicious approach to arms sales to volatile regions like the Middle East, evaluating the need, the threats, the absorptive capacity, and, in this case, the impact on our QME commitment,’ said Ross. ‘That said, I would be very surprised if the sale was actually reversed…'”

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