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Israel to Lend Merkava Tank to Jordanian Military Museum

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An Israeli Merkava tank pulls back from the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel on Aug. 3, 2014. Photo: Flash90. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman agreed to transfer an IDF Merkava tank to Jordan for an exhibit at the Royal Tank Museum.

The Merkava, one of Israel’s most sophisticated and domestically built piece of military hardware, went into production after multiple nations refused to sell tanks to Israel in the 1950s and 1960s. It is considered one of the most lethal and most top-secret tanks in the world.

The one that Israel provided was transported to Jordan aboard a flatbed truck and will join a collection of tanks from around the world at the museum King Abdullah established in 2007. Additional items on display at the 215,0000-square-foot museum include tanks used against Israel in battle and tanks used in the Great Arab Revolt.

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