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U.S.-Arab arms deal a threat to Israel: Iranian General

TEHRAN, Aug. 1 (Mehr News Agency) -- The U.S. plan for selling an arms package to the Arab states is far more of a threat to Israel than Iran, said Alireza Afshar, the director of the armed forces media affairs office here Wednesday. Washington aims to render Iran a threat in the eyes of regional Arab countries, he added.

The United States is the largest exporter of weaponry to the developing countries and it aims to profit via deals with the Middle Eastern states, Afshar said.

He pointed out Iran's friendly ties with the regional countries and stated that Israel is the major source of instability in the region.

The Arab countries have repeatedly declared they do not see Iran as a threat to regional security, he observed.

For peace and security to be established in the Middle East, the U.S. and Israel need to pay respect to the Palestinian public opinion, Afshar noted.

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