The UAE and the F-35: Israeli National Security Experts Reactions

Joint Statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz

Since the US is…maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge, Israel will not oppose the sale of these systems to the UAE.

Shabtai Shavit, Former Mossad Director

…we share, with the US on the one hand, and with all Gulf countries on the other hand, with Saudi Arabia included, the common threat of Iran.

Major (res.) Danny Citrinowicz, Israel Defense Intelligence

…the question of whether to accept or clamor against what is likely to be a long period of negotiations on the F-35 should be reexamined by Israelis, especially as a stronger UAE would strengthen both countries regarding Iran. Aside from its role in the peace deal, Israelis should consider the benefits to a stronger UAE military along with its drawbacks.

Efraim Inbar, President, Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security

People talk about F-35s that will be delivered to the UAE. But this is part of having peace. After we had peace with Egypt, the Egyptian army was American equipped. This is something to be expected.

Omar Dostri, National Security Analyst, Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security

Ultimately, it must be remembered that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have a common supreme interest: a fight against Iran's subversion and the development of its [nuclear capabilities.]

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