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In search of peace, Israel is allowing the U.S. to arm a potential enemy with sophisticated weapons of war.
 
02/27/2021
 

U.S., Israel Approve F-35 Sale to U.A.E.

In search of peace, Israel is allowing the U.S. to arm a potential enemy with sophisticated weapons of war.

BY WATCH JERUSALEM STAFF

The United States Senate voted on December 9 to reject a pair of resolutions aimed at stopping the Trump administration’s $23 billion sale of armaments to the United Arab Emirates. After the Trump administration officially notified Congress of the sale last month, a few Democratic senators and one Republican senator attempted to block the deal, saying that one of America’s newest and most sophisticated warplanes should not be entrusted to the U.A.E.

The four resolutions submitted by senators Chris Murphy, Bob Menendez and Rand Paul, according to the Times of Israel, were rejected by the Senate in a vote that split mostly along party lines. The first resolution aimed at blocking the sale of 18 advanced Reaper drone systems fell 50-46; the measures aimed at stopping the sale of 50 F-35 stealth fighter jets was rejected 49-47.

Many are wary of this arms deal, but Israel is "very comfortable." Their confidence in this deal with the U.A.E. is based on one thing: a common enemy in Iran. In fact, it’s Iran’s pushy foreign policy, along with the U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East, that motivated this deal in the first place. But that outlook is short sighted.

 
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