Washington’s plans are in uncharted waters right now since US law obligates the government to ensure that israel maintains a military edge in the Middle East – something that might be undermined by the sale of cutting-edge stealth jets to the Gulf state.
Despite israel repeatedly dismissing rumours about the planned sale of American F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates being a behind-the-scenes provision in its agreement to normalise ties with the Gulf state, Biden’s adviser on foreign policy, Tony Blinken, still thinks that it looks like a “quid pro quo” deal. Blinken believes that the US promised to sell the top stealth fighter jets to the Gulf country in exchange for it agreeing to establish official diplomatic ties with Israel.
The aide recalled in an interview with The Times of Israel that the jets were originally meant to be sold to Israel alone in the region, according to a plan created under the Obama-Biden administration in order to ensure Tel Aviv’s military superiority. Blinken stated that should Biden be elected a president on 3 November, his administration would “take a hard look” at the Trump administration’s plans to sell F-35s to the UAE, which were recently presented to Congress.
At the same time, Biden’s aide, who previously served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration, praised the achievements that Trump made in negotiating recognition of Israel by Bahrain, Sudan, and…