BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – White House sources revealed to Reuters this week that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has informed Congress of its intention to sell 50 F-35 fighters to the UAE.
Reuters quoted sources as saying
“The White House has informed Congress that it intends to sell 50 F-35 fighters manufactured by Lockheed Martin to the UAE.”
For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on this news, saying: “We all face a common threat.”
It is noteworthy to mention that members of the Israeli cabinet have been split on the topic, with some approving the move and others opposing the sale because it threatens Tel Aviv’s military superiority in the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Tel Aviv would not oppose America selling “certain weapons” to the UAE, apparently in reference to the F-35s.
He added, “The United States is working on developing the military capabilities of Israel, and preserving Israel’s qualitative military superiority. Therefore, Tel Aviv will not object to selling these systems to the Emirates.”
The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Office of Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, has confirmed that his country is going ahead in supplying the UAE with F-35s while maintaining Israel’s military superiority .
Schenker pointed out that his country is seeking to open new areas for cooperation between his country and the UAE in many areas, stressing the need to “deter Iranian threats that destabilize the region.”
Washington agreed to consider allowing the UAE to purchase F-35 stealth jets, in a side bargain to a deal brokered by the United States to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE.