Initially, Israeli authorities opposed the UAE’s purchase of the planes because of Tel Aviv’s long-standing requirement to have a military advantage over other Middle Eastern countries. But last week, Israel agreed to allow the United States to sell “certain weapons” to the UAE after Pentagon officials promised to sell more U.S.-made military equipment to Israel to maintain its advantage.
Israel initially agreed to buy 50 F-35s, but wants to buy more. Bloomberg first announced the news of the proposed sale to the UAE.
What next: The proposed deal has yet to be approved by Congress. Foreign Minister Elliott Engel (DN.Y.) said in a statement that he was concerned that the sale could worsen Israel̵
As we look at these risks, we need to ensure that US national security and foreign policy priorities come first, “Engel said.” In the coming days, I invite members of Congress who share my concerns to join me. in presenting legislation to ensure that the sale of these weapons adheres to our most important national security objectives. “
A State Department official declined to comment, saying the agency did not confirm the proposed sales until they were formally notified to Congress.