Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called “false news” reports that the United States is selling F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates in light of its recently established diplomatic ties.
Netanyahu attempted to set the record just after Israeli media reports that the new agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates would “normalize” their relations and allow the sale of US military equipment, including F-35s.
“The peace deal with the United Arab Emirates does not include any clause on this matter, and the United States has made it clear to Israel that it will always preserve Israel’s qualitative advantage,” Netanyhu said in a statement Tuesday. .
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The Israeli Prime Minister made his statement in response to an article by Israeli media outlet Yedioth Ahronoth, which first reported on the Trump administration’s alleged deal to sell F-35s to the UAE, which could open deals military for the United States. compared to previous standards in the region.
Netanyahu called the report “fake news” and said: “Israel has not given its approval to any arms deal between the UAE and Israel, despite reports from the media and the left,” Haaretz reported .
Although the New York Times reported on Wednesday evening that security officials gave a “confidential briefing” about the F-35 to UAE officials ahead of the UAE-Israel deal.
Washington has traditionally refrained from making militarist deals in the Middle East since the 1970s, largely because of the perceived threat Israel faces in the region.
Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would always oppose such a militaristic deal between the United States and any Arab nation.
« [Israel] opposed the sale of F-35 planes and other advanced weapons of any kind in the Middle East, including in Arab states that make peace with the State of Israel, ”the statement said.
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The White House promoted the US-brokered deal between the UAE and Israel that established diplomatic ties, and Trump hinted that more countries were on the verge of forming diplomatic ties.
“Other countries, I’ll tell you now, want to make this deal,” Trump said at a White House press briefing on Wednesday. “Countries that you wouldn’t even think you wanted to make this deal with and all of a sudden you’re going to have peace in the Middle East.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also told reporters on Wednesday that she would “not confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are officially notified to Congress.”
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Israel is said to be the only country in the Middle East to have F-35s.
Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said the former US administrations sold F-16 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates and F-15 jets to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported.