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US Continues Sale of F-35 Fighter Jets to UAE

The US State Department approved the United Arab Emirates’ request to buy 50 F-35 fighter jets.

The US State Department approved the United Arab Emirates’ request to buy 50  F-35 fighter jets.

The Congress was notified of the potential $10B sale and had mixed reactions.

“As Congress reviews this sale, it must be clear that changes to the status quo will not put Israel’s military advantage at risk,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Israel withdrew its objections to the sale last week after a deal brokered by the White House under which the UAE agreed to normalize relations with them.

Israel also has a contract to buy 50 F35 fighter jets and has already received a few.

The US and the UAE  have aimed to have a letter of agreement for the F-35 jets in time for UAE National Day on December 2.

“Rushing these sales is not in anyone’s interest,” said Engel.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, has earlier said during interviews that both countries faced a common threat and expressed his openness to the sale and that it would not undermine their military edge. 

“But with that said, it was important that the (Israeli) defence establishment received this clear American undertaking to preserve our qualitative military edge,”  Netanyahu explained further. 

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