Israeli media revealed that the Tel Aviv government asked the United States not to sell F-35 aircraft to the UAE even after the normalization of relations between the two countries.
The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” quoted Israeli officials, “The Israeli government’s request comes due to fears that secret talks with the Gulf state will lead to an agreement on the sale of sensitive military equipment without informing senior security officials in Israel”.
According to the officials, “Gulf states in the past pressured Israel to remove its opposition to the deals”.
The newspaper added, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to sell advanced technological equipment to the UAE as part of the normalization agreement, but stressed that American aircraft would not be sold”.
Haaretz stressed, “Israel aspires to remain the only party in the Middle East that possesses these advanced American aircraft”.