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State Department: White House, DOD 'Incredibly Linked Up' on All Israel Weapons Transfers

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:56:36 +0000

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- State Department spokesperson Marie Harf denied Thursday that officials at the State Department and the White House were "caught off-guard" upon learning that the Department of Defense was providing weapons to Israel.

Harf, in light of a Wall Street Journal article that said that officials at the White House and the State Department were "caught off-guard" upon learning of the Department of Defense's supplying of the Israel Defense Forces with ammunition, said that the agencies and the White House are "incredibly linked up on everything we do on Israel." She was, however, unable to comment on reports that the U.S. had halted the sale of Hellfire missiles to Israel.

According to Harf, the increased scrutiny on weapons transfers is solely about additional "care" with the weapons being provided to Israel. "Given the crisis in Gaza, it's natural that agencies take additional care to review deliveries as part of an interagency process," Harf said. "That is by no means unusual and...does not indicate any change in policy."

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