Two Democratic congressional aides said the package included 50 F-35s worth about $ 10 billion.
“This technology would significantly change the military balance in the Persian Gulf and affect the Israeli military,” said Elliott Engel, a senior Democrat from Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a game-changing stealth platform that boasts advanced impact capability and unique sensor technology. The export of this aircraft requires very careful consideration and Congress must analyze all the consequences. The acceleration of these sales is not in the interest of no one, “he added.
A State Department spokesman told CNN that “as a matter of policy, the Department does not publicly confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.”
The start of this informal process means that the sale can be finalized in the next few months. The period from now until the official notice of this sale is sent to Congress depends on the nature and number of questions the state receives from Congress. But usually about 20-40 days later, the state officially notifies Congress of the sale. Congress then has 30 days to review it.
Initially, the Israeli government opposed the sale and publicly denied any connection between the delivery of the planes to the Emirates and the normalization of ties between Israel and the UAE.
The Israeli prime minister and defense minister recently issued a statement saying he did not oppose certain arms sales to Arab states following assurances from the Trump administration that Israel’s “quality military edge” would be maintained.
Israel is currently the only country in the region to have an F-35.
The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.