Israel has objected to US sales of some weapons to the United Arab Emirates

Israel says it will not oppose selling "certain weapons systems" to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to increase its capabilities to maintain its military presence in the Middle East.

 

Israel has objected to US sales of some weapons to the United Arab Emirates

JERUSALEM - Israel said Friday it would not oppose the sale of "some weapons systems" to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to increase its capabilities to maintain its military presence in the Middle East.

 

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of Defense Benny Gantz ​​did not specify which weapon systems they were targeting but appeared to refer to the possible sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets. This is expected to be achieved’ after the UAE reaches an agreement to normalize relations with Israel. .

 

Gantz's office denied in detail the statement, which was issued’ in Israel late Friday, when the country is closed to Jewish dawn. The Pentagon did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

 

The statement said Gantz reached a "compromise" with the Pentagon during a visit to Washington this week that would allow the purchase of "modern weapons systems that would significantly increase Israel's military capabilities in the region." It will maintain security and its military advantage. Qualified military superiority in the coming decades.

 

It said Gantz was "informed by the US administration of its plans to inform Congress of its intention to provide the UAE with a weapons system."

 

"Both the prime minister and the defense minister agree that since the United States is increasing Israel's military capabilities and maintaining Israel's qualitative military superiority, Israel is selling these systems to the United Arab Emirates," he said. Will not oppose it. "

 

The United Arab Emirates agreed earlier this year to normalize relations with Israel, exposing long-standing secret ties between the United States and Israel in a deal that marks a historic development in Middle East diplomacy. Brought The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which signed a similar customary agreement, became the third and fourth Arab nations to establish formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

 

Sudan agreed early Friday to normalize relations with Israel. Egypt and Jordan made peace with Israel decades ago.

 

The Israelis welcomed the agreement with the United Arab Emirates, which paved the way for other conventional agreements, but the wording that the intention to sell F-35s to the UAE proved controversial.

 

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied that there is a link between the arms deal and the start of relations with the UAE. These raised suspicions in Israel, especially over allegations that it had in the past agreed to persuade the Israeli defense establishment to sell state-of-the-art submarines to Germany in Egypt.

 

Critics have accused Netanyahu of lying about a key element that he is thought’ to have struck for the UAE. Gantz, a political rival who formed a coalition government with Netanyahu last spring, said he was kept’ in the dark about the UAE deal until the last minute.

 

Netanyahu said in a statement late Friday that the arms sales debate had only begun after the end of the agreement and that he had no objection to it because the United States had agreed to upgrade Israel's capabilities.


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