US Plans Sale Of 50 F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets To UAE In $23B Arms Deal

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In this Aug. 5, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Air Force, an F-35 fighter jet pilot and crew prepare for a mission at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. The Trump administration has formally notified Congress that it plans to sell 50 advanced F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as part of a broader arms deal worth more than $23 billion. (Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury/U.S. Air Force via AP)

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The Trump administration formally notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to sell 50 stealth F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as part of a broader arms deal worth $23 billion aimed at deterring potential threats from Iran despite concern in Israel.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had authorized the sale in keeping with the administration’s Middle East peace efforts. The notification to lawmakers follows the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, Bahrain and the UAE, under which the Arab states have agreed to normalize relations with Israel.

“This is in recognition of our deepening relationship and the UAE’s need for advanced defense capabilities to deter and defend itself against heightened threats from Iran,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Israeli officials have previously expressed some concern about an F-35 sale because it could affect the balance of military power in the region. But Pompeo said it would be “fully consistent” with the longstanding policy of maintaining Israel’s qualitive military advantage.

The sale, worth up to $23.37 billion, includes 50 F-35s, 18 advanced armed drone systems and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions.

“The UAE’s historic agreement to normalize relations with Israel under the Abraham Accords offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to positively transform the region’s strategic landscape,” Pompeo said. “Our adversaries, especially those in Iran, know this and will stop at nothing to disrupt this shared success.”

After agreeing to normalize relations with Israel in August, Emirati officials had said purchasing the F-35s was among their main goals. At the time Israeli officials denied they had agreed to the sale but later dropped public objections to it.

(AP)


2 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! I didn’t think I’d see the day that the Trump administration sold out Israel. No administration, GOP or Dem, has ever been ok with this. Maybe because of the peace accords Israel will be a bit less upset about this, but this is still quite the shocker. Maybe this was part of the peace deal?

  2. You can’t have a peace deal between countries not at war. Israel and the UAE were not at war. This is the compensation the US is giving the UAE for signing the normalization agreement with Israel. After the US promised specifically not to do this, and Netanyahu gave the Israeli public assurances that the F-35 was not being given to the UAE. The gadol of con artists has conned the Jewish world again. Shocker. After the UAE gets the F-35, what is to stop them from selling it to Iran or Syria, or reneging on the normalization altogether and using it against Israel? That’s why it has always been US policy (regardless of leadership) for Israel to have a qualitative military advantage over all other countries in the Middle East. They cannot be trusted.
    Please tell us again how Trump is the greatest president in the history of the universe for Israel and the Jews.