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Oct 27, 2020 Did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu know final August that the United States needed to promote F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates? Shortly after the Aug. 13 announcement by President Donald Trump about Israel and the Emirates establishing diplomatic ties, rumors surfaced within the press over US readiness to promote the Emirates the subtle plane. Israel has lengthy objected to any such sale, arguing it might hurt its qualitative army edge within the area. But on Aug. 19, Trump instructed reporters that the Emiratis had expressed curiosity in shopping for “quite a few” of the stealth fighter jets, and famous {that a} sale was “under review” amid the brand new dynamic between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi. The assertion set in movement a dispute between Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Gantz despatched a letter to Netanyahu chastising him for reaching out behind his again to the IDF air pressure commander earlier than the take care of the Emirates was concluded, to inquire into the nation’s coverage relating to Arab neighbors buying F-35 jets. Netanyahu rejected the declare and accusations that he knew of or gave his approval for an American-Emirates deal. The subject has just lately resurfaced. On Oct. 21, Gantz went to Washington to debate with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper methods of preserving Israel’s army qualitative edge and extra particularly, Israel’s procurement plan for the approaching years. On Oct. 22, the 2 signed an settlement confirming Washington’s strategic dedication to Israel’s army superiority within the Middle East. Coming again from Washington, Netanyahu and Gantz stated in a joint assertion they won’t object to the US sale of F-35 fighter jets to the Emirates. But later that day and parallel to the announcement that Israel is establishing ties with Sudan, Netanyahu returned to the problem with a special tone. His workplace stated that the “new understandings” have been not a part of the settlement concluded earlier with the Gulf state. This new assertion reignited the interior dispute. Gantz claimed that Netanyahu had hidden negotiations regarding the sale from Israeli protection officers. Netanyahu rejected the allegations, however Gantz didn’t let go. He insisted that these discussions had been saved secret from his ministry and the IDF, stopping what he known as “proper and responsible management of the process.” “In my capacity as defense minister I can say that the security system did not know and was not exposed to the negotiations to supply high-quality weapon systems to the UAE through the office of the prime minister. After the agreement was signed with the Emirates, I instructed the security system to conduct a security dialogue that would ensure Israel’s qualitative advantage, with me personally dialoguing with the American administration,” tweeted Gantz. Gantz continued, “Had the security system received the information, we could have managed the process correctly and responsibly. I am proud of our quick and thorough action that led to the deal I signed on Thursday with the American secretary of defense to guarantee the qualitative edge of the security system and of the IDF for decades to come.” The F-35 battle between Netanyahu and Gantz is much from over. A senior Qatari diplomat instructed Israel’s Public Broadcast Corporation KAN yesterday that his nation expects to quickly buy the jets. Another publication yesterday stated that Israel is planning to purchase 10 new F-35 jets along with the 50 already bought.

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