The possibility that the Israel-UAE deal could include the sale of F-35 jets to the UAE has raised concern in Israel.
"While we are on lockdown, he wants to fly abroad with his wife and kids."
The US-UAE arms deal is a legitimate, reasonable, logical move that poses no risk to Israel’s security. I would add that in no way does this deal affect Israel’s qualitative military advantage.
Wasserman Schultz, a past chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, wrote that the sale of the jets to the UAE would erode Israel’s qualitative military edge.
The Arab states have been interested in the F-35 jets for a very long time.
The United States has sold the F-35 to allies including South Korea, Japan and Israel. A previous sale to Turkey was canceled after Ankara purchased Russian air defense systems.
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Leaders of all three countries got something they could feel good about.
The remarks came amid controversy in Israel over whether the Washington will sell F-35 stealth jets to Abu Dhabi, now that Israel and the UAE have diplomatic relations.
Netanyahu opposes such a sale to any other country in the Middle East, and made his position known to the US on several occasions.