Reuters quoted informed sources today, Thursday, that the administration of US President Donald Trump has informed Congress of its going ahead with the sale of 50 fifth-generation “F-35” fighters to the UAE
Sources said, according to the agency, that the White House informed Congress that it intends to sell the fighters made by “Lockheed Martin” to the UAE.
Reuters previously reported last September that the US and Emirati governments are seeking to sign a letter of agreement on F-35s that coincides with the UAE’s celebration of its National Day on December 2.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee have the right to consider and prevent arms sales through an informal review process, and the members of the two committees have criticized the UAE’s role in civilian deaths in Yemen.
The Israeli side affirmed its rejection by the United States of these fighters to the Emirates, stressing the need to preserve the “qualitative military victory” of the Israeli forces in the region.
And this issue remained unresolved even after Israel and the UAE concluded on September 15 in the White House a historic peace agreement between the two parties, before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister, Benny Gantz, issued on October 23 a joint statement declaring Israel’s acceptance of the sale of the United States. “Certain weapons systems” for the UAE.
Israel changed its stance after obtaining what it said were US guarantees that Israeli forces would maintain its military superiority.
Currently, Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has these fifth-generation fighters.