Could Israeli-Arab peace deals spark an arms race?

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A sun-soaked White House lawn was the setting for US President Donald Trump’s “dawn of a new Middle East”, one which he said was happening “without blood in the sand”. The recent agreements to establish diplomatic and trade ties between Israel and three Arab states mark a historic shift in relations between old adversaries. But the “circle of peace”, as it is dubbed by Israel’s prime minister, has eclipsed big changes behind the scenes. Another circle has been developing – of weapons acquisition. The first Gulf state to sign up to normalisation, the United Arab Emirates, has edged closer to getting a prized fighter jet from the US. And Israel, already the region’s most advanced military power, may consequently bristle with yet more powerful arms