While this service is available to all foreign leaders, the report claims that the prime minister is the only one to frequently use it.
Their financial situation deteriorated amid the coronavirus pandemic, but also during a period when normalization agreements were being negotiated between several Gulf states and Israel.
As the normalization train moves forward, the most pressing question is when, not if, another country jumps aboard.
Burhan and Hamdok met with US National Security Council senior director for Gulf Affairs Brig.-Gen. Miguel Correa, as well as diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.
South Africa has played and continues to play a role in the making of peace between Israel and the UAE.
"The Emirates have been trying to get F-35s for six or seven years," Friedman said. "And the delivery time is probably another six or seven years from now."
It will mark the first joint product launch between the UAE and an Israeli technology company, following the signing of the Abraham Accords.
Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalizing ties with Israel.
Despite corona, the defense establishment cannot ignore Iran and the UAE procuring F-35s.
Any deal must satisfy decades of agreement with Israel that states any US weapons sold to the region must not impair Israel's "qualitative military edge."