Israeli officials initially opposed the purchase of aircraft by the UAE because of long-standing demands that Tel Aviv has a military advantage over other Middle Eastern countries. But last week, after Pentagon officials promised to sell more American-made military equipment to Israel to maintain its superiority, Israel agreed to allow the United States to sell “certain weapons” to the UAE.
Israel initially agreed to buy 50 F-35s, but hoped to buy more. Bloomberg first reported the proposed sale to the UAE.
Engel said: “When considering these risks, we must ensure that the national security and foreign policy priorities of the United States are our priorities. In the next few days, I invite congressmen who feel the same to join me in introducing these weapons. Sales are in line with our most important national security goal legislation.”
State Department officials declined to comment, saying the agency would not confirm the proposed sale until it officially notified Congress.