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British pressure has blocked an effort by Israel to sell Argentina 12 of its aging fleet of U.S. Skyhawk jets, Western diplomatic sources in London said. According to this account, the United States stepped in at the last moment and forbade the sale last month in response to a request from London. The British fought a 74-day war with the Argentines in 1982 over the Falkland Islands. Britain’s reported action, coming just before the disclosure that it was about to conclude a $4-billion contract to supply 48 Tornado jets to Saudi Arabia, has angered Israel.


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