UAE hopes normalization deal dispels Israeli doubts over US F-35 sale, regardless of Netanyahu’s open opposition

The United Arab Emirates has mentioned a request to purchase US F-35 warplanes has been on the desk since earlier than it agreed to normalize ties with Israel, regardless of Benjamin Netanyahu’s vocal opposition to any such gross sales to the Gulf state.

The Abraham Accord settlement ought to dispel “any grain of doubt” over the UAE shopping for stealth F-35 fighter jets from the US, the Gulf state’s minister of state for international affairs, Anwar Gargash, mentioned on Tuesday.

The UAE seeks to modernize its army, and “our request for the F-35 and different programs pre-dates this [normalization] settlement,” he mentioned. The nation’s current F-16 jets are actually nearly 20 years previous, and it’s time to resume them, Reuters quoted the minister as saying. The UAE and Gulf neighbor Bahrain are set to signal normalization accords with Israel on the White Home on Tuesday, days after US President Donald Trump introduced the transfer.

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Nevertheless, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has mentioned his authorities would oppose any F-35 warplane gross sales by the US to the UAE. “The peace settlement with the UAE doesn’t embrace any clauses on the matter, and the US clarified to Israel that it’s going to at all times safeguard Israel’s qualitative edge,” he mentioned again in August.

Trump advised Fox Information on Tuesday that he would haven’t any subject promoting the fighter jets to the UAE. He added that he would even be prepared to promote the identical weapons programs offered to Israel to different nations within the Center East, as it will be good for the US and for American jobs.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, nonetheless, mentioned after a gathering with Netanyahu in late August that Washington is dedicated to preserving Israel’s army edge within the Center East, even beneath future arms offers with different states. After their assembly, Netanyahu mentioned he was not conscious of any F-35 deal between the US and the UAE.

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