武汉桑拿会所：The U.S. government promotes the sale of F-35 to the UAE
The U.S. government promotes the sale of F-35 to the UAE
Original title: The US government promotes the sale of F-35 to the UAE
International media reported on the 29th,The US State Department has notified Congress thatThe US government agreed to sell F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates.
The US Secretary of Defense visited Israel on the 29th,Discuss with the Israeli Defense Minister on how to ensure Israel’s regional military superiority.
[Push arms sales]
Reuters quoted sources as saying,The US State Department has notified Congress thatThe government agreed to sell 50 F-35 fighters to the UAE,The contract value is estimated at 10 billion US dollars.
If the transaction progresses smoothly,The UAE will become the first Arab country to have F-35,It will also be the second Middle Eastern country to have an F-35 after Israel.
For decades,The United States has always upheld a military policy that favors Israel.Although it also sells weapons to other Middle Eastern allies such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt,But not the most sophisticated and advanced weapon,The purpose is to ensure Israel’s superiority in weapons and equipment.
The Gulf Arab countries previously expressed a strong interest in buying F-35,But because of Israel’s strong opposition,The United States failed to make a sale.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on the 24th thatIsrael has agreed to the United States to sell F-35 to the UAE.
Elliott Engel, a Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, said,The government notified Congress of the arms sales plan through informal channels on the 28th.”This move will significantly change the military balance in the Middle East,Affect Israel’s military superiority. It must be clear thatThe status quo of Israeli military superiority cannot be changed.”
Reuters reported,After the U.S. government notified Congress through informal channels,The Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Relations Committee have the power to review or even block this arms sales plan.
The source said,The US government intends to formally notify Congress of this arms sales plan in a few days.Once officially notified,Congress can pass a bill to stop it.
According to Reuters,Such complex arms sales orders involving F-35 fighters,There is generally about 40 days between the U.S. government’s informal notification of Congress and the formal notification of Congress.The source said,The US government is “in a hurry” this time,It is to strive to sign an arms sales agreement with the UAE before the UAE National Day on December 2.
The Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee Engel said in a statement: “It is not in the interest of any party to accelerate this type of arms sales.”
Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Bob Menendez, said,He will not immediately support this arms sales plan,”Recklessly shortening the timetable in order to set artificial deadlines will only prevent a full review of (this plan).”
Reuters reported,In addition to worrying about Israel’s regional military superiority being challenged,Some members of the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were dissatisfied with the UAE’s military intervention in Yemen.Therefore, they have reservations about this arms sales plan.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper met with the Secretary of Defense Benny Gantz on the 29th,The content includes how to maintain Israel’s regional military superiority.
Israel’s “New News” reported,The Israeli army has submitted an arms purchase list to the US government,To ensure military superiority,”The United States agrees to all the contents of the list”,Including the additional purchase of F-35 by Israel.
Israel currently has 24 F-35 fighters.
The report said,The military purchase list also includes the latest F-15 fighters,The United States also agreed to help Israel purchase the V-22 tiltrotor.
A week ago,The defense chiefs of the United States and Israel met in Washington, the capital of the United States.Soon after Gantz visited the United States,The Israeli government announced that it agreed to the United States to sell F-35 to the UAE.
With the help of the US,Israel and the UAE announced in August that their relations will be fully normalized.Signed an agreement to normalize relations at the White House in September.Netanyahu has repeatedly emphasized,Israel’s stance on US arms sales is not part of the negotiations on the normalization of Israeli-Arab relations.UAE officials hinted,The parties “reached a certain tacit agreement” on this.
The Associated Press previously reported thatEven if the US sells F-35 to the UAE,From preliminary agreement to final agreement to delivery,The energy cost can be several years.(Dujuan) (Special feature)