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Israel-UAE deal could open up US weapons sales to Gulf kingdom, experts say

WASHINGTON: Normalised diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could pave the way for more US weapons sales to the Gulf Arab country, according to experts.

Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalise diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship under an accord that US President Donald Trump helped broker.

The agreement makes the UAE only the third Arab state after Egypt and Jordan to make such a deal with Israel, which has enjoyed special access to US weapons sales.

In a National Public Radio interview on Friday, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that “the more the Emirates become a friend of Israel, become a partner of Israel, become a regional ally of the United States, I think obviously that alters the threat assessment and could work out to the Emirates’ benefit” on future weapons sales.

The United States guarantees that Israel receives more advanced American weapons than Arab states get, giving it what is labeled a “Qualitative Military Edge” over its neighbors. One example is the F-35 jet made by Lockheed Martin Co that Israel has used in combat, but the UAE is currently unable to purchase.

David Makovsky, director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank, told Reuters the deal is “a win for the Emirates, which will undoubtedly be eligible for military sales that it could not obtain due to ‘qualitative military edge’ restrictions due to fear certain technologies could be used against Israel.”

In May, the US State Department approved a possible sale of up to 4,569 used Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to the UAE for $556 million.

US lawmakers have tried to rein in Trump administration plans for arms sales, particularly to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to pressure them to improve their human rights record and do more to avoid civilian casualties in an air campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the war in Yemen.

A US government watchdog report released on Tuesday said the State Department did not fully evaluate the risk of civilian casualties in Yemen when it pushed through a huge 2019 sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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  1. gs said:

    Dream on. Dream on. Even after experiencing Col. Lawrence at every step, the children of Judah Ben Hur are still dreaming that the Godless Romans will abandon their religion that is “Might i is Right.”
    The history of Palestine tells us that every time the Godless Romans had the power to invade and occupy this Asian land they have done so.
    The history of Palestine also tells us that every time the Asians, regained the power to throw out the Godless Romans from their land, they have done so. It happened twice before. Once 1700 years ago and again 900 years ago. The third time? It will take time as the Romans today are in the same position as they were 2000 years ago. The third time ? It will happen when the history of Palestine will start to repeat itself.
    It is sad and sad indeed that people never try to learn lessons from the history of the High and Mighty who lost their power eventually and whose relics are all over the world, everywhere. What more Lord God has instructed people to go and see and learn their lessons from what happened to the once High and Mighty. Sadly people never learn their lesson even when all such relics are there to see.

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