August 18, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The United States was said to have agreed to an Israeli request to restrict the capability and use of advanced air-to-air missiles to Jordan and ban their sale to the rest of the Arab world.
The London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat reported on Wednesday that Israel
persuaded the Bush administration to impose a set of restrictions on the sale of the AIM-120
Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile to Jordan
. Earlier, the administration had agreed in principle to a Jordanian request for the AMRAAM
for the kingdom's F-16 fleet.
The newspaper asserted that Israel agreed to an arrangement in which the AMRAAM would be sold to Jordan. But the agreement included a U.S. commitment to ban the export of the air-to-air missile to other Arab states.
Earlier this year, the administration relayed an informal request to Congress to sell the AMRAAM to Egypt
. Several senior House and Senate members expressed their opposition to the proposed sale.