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.

Ron Dermer, Former Ambassador of Israel to the United States

We do not believe that this arms package will violate the US commitment to maintain Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge, which is one of the most sacrosanct commitments that the United States makes to Israel. So, we’re very comfortable with this moving forward.

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.

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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