Three U.S. senators have launched a campaign to block the sale of top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates, raising concerns over the deal, which is seen as a gift to the UAE for recognizing Israel ۔
According to the International Media, even if the three senators persuade a majority in Congress to oppose the 23 billion package, they will face a mountain of obstacles like the veto power of US President Donald Trump.
Democrat Senator Chris Murphy, a close ally of US President-elect Joe Biden, pointed to reports that the UAE had violated previous terms of sale that weapons sent to the US ally had been recovered from war-torn Libya and Yemen.
“I support the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but there is nothing in this agreement that we need to bring more weapons to the region and an arms embargo,” Murphy said in a statement. Be a facilitator in dangerous races.
He co-sponsored the resolution with Robert Menendez, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rand Paul, a Republican, who are generally pro-Trump but critical of US military intervention.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally notified Congress last week about the sale.
He praised the UAE for normalizing relations with Israel and said the sale was part of its antagonism with Iran.
The UAE has long applied for F-35s that have stealth capabilities and can be deployed for target bombing, intelligence gathering and air-to-air combat.
Israel considers its F-35 fleet indispensable for its strategic value compared to Arab countries, but has abandoned its opposition to US sales, citing the benefits of normalizing relations.
Congress tried last year to block a large arms package to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but failed to get a two-thirds majority to overturn Trump’s veto.