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US to sell Israel 75 F-16 fighters

The Reagan admininistration decided to sell Israel 75 advanced F-16 jet fighters worth about $2.5 billion in the largest arms sale to that country in four years, Defense Department officials report.

Another 75 of the single-engine planes were sold to Israel in 1978 and the last of those was delivered this year.

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US officials said the proposed sale represented an improvement in relations between the United States and Israel, which became strained after Israel's annexation last year of the Syrian Golan Heights.

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