Palestinians’ armored cars delayed

Israel has delayed the transfer of 25 armored cars to the Palestinian Authority.

 

The transfer of the armored personnel carriers from Russia is on hold, according to Israeli security officials, because the Palestinians plan to equip them with machine guns, The Associated Press reported Monday.

 

The shipment was approved two weeks ago in order to improve the image of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in advance of the Annapolis peace summit. A shipment of 1,000 rifles and 2 million rounds of ammunition also was approved.

 

Russia made the offer of armored vehicles two years ago, but delivery was held up due to Israeli objections.

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