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Israel has no objection to UAE getting F35s: Foreign minister

Anjana Sankar /Jerusalem
anjana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on November 27, 2020 | Last updated on November 27, 2020 at 10.09 pm
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The US has in principle agreed to sell the Lockheed Martin fifth-generation stealth jets that the UAE has long been aspiring to add to its defence arsenal.


Israel has no objection to the UAE acquiring F35 fighter jets, and does not think that it will upset his country's military superiority in the region, Israel's foreign minister has said.

"We are OK with that. And that is not an impediment or obstacle for the Abraham Accords," Gabi Ashkenazi, Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, told Khaleej Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

The US has in principle agreed to sell the Lockheed Martin fifth-generation stealth jets that the UAE has long been aspiring to add to its defence arsenal. In a final push to the arms sale, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted early in November that his administration has notified the Congress of the proposed sale of F35s to the UAE.

The proposed sale includes 50 F35s and accompanying equipment worth $10.4 billion. Once completed, the UAE will be the first Arab country to acquire the advanced fighter jets.

Ashkenazi said Israel has no concerns in the matter as the US government has a "very long and strong commitment" to preserving the Israeli Defence forces' qualitative military edge.

"It is a commitment that still exists. I can tell you that after several meetings with the US Defence establishment, we feel that we got the right answer and we are satisfied with the answers we got."

"And we have to say that the UAE is not our enemy, we are not sharing a border or past hostilities. So, we are OK with that," he added.

anjana@khaleejtimes.com

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Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.





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