Israel is investigating reports that Russia will supply Iran with $1 billion in long-range fighter jets and aerial fuel tankers, the Jerusalem Post says. Israeli officials say the pact could be a partial response to a billion-dollar US arms deal with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
Teheran's purchase of 250 Sukhoi-30 warplanes and refueling tanks would give it unprecedented long-range offensive capabilities, posing an increased threat to Israel. Russia signed an arms deal with Iran last year, despite US-Israeli protests, but the weapons were considered defensive—designed to protect Iran's nuclear installations. (Read more Iran stories.)