The UAE will not be able to purchase state-of-the-art US F-35 fighter jets for six to seven years after signing an agreement to normalize relations with Israel. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman made this comment in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.
The US ambassador said that the UAE has been trying to buy F-35 fighter jets for six to seven years. It will take six or seven years from now to deliver these.
According to Israeli media reports, Washington has not yet approved the purchase of the UAE’s F-35 fighter jet. But the UAE has expressed optimism about the purchase following an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.
On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with US Defense Minister Mark Asper in Washington and Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser. The two sides discussed the purchase of the UAE F-35 fighter jet.
According to the agreement, the United States does not sell sophisticated weapons and warplanes to any Arab country in the Middle East except Israel. Currently, only Israel has F-35 fighter jets in the Middle East.