American plans to fund an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights have slowed because of the freeze in Israeli-Syrian talks, U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen said. During a news conference with Cohen, who is visiting Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak refused to say that a China arms deal, under which Israel would outfit Chinese cargo planes with advanced radar systems, would not proceed. Meanwhile, State Department officials indicated that the United States has some “serious concerns” about the arms sales, but added that it would not be linked to any American aid to Israel that would accompany a Golan Heights withdrawal.
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