Two US lawmakers have asked the State and Defense departments for clarification on the sale of F-35s to the UAE, and have described President Donald Trump’s administration as rushing the deal for political purposes.
Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jack Reed, a member of the Armed Forces Committee in the Senate, have directed: A written inquiry to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper About the conditions, circumstances and guarantees of selling “F-35” to the UAE.
Menendez and Reed included 16 questions in which they asked Pompeo and Esper to respond to ensure adequate consideration of this deal, as the questions included inquiries about the relationship of this deal to the normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel.
The two Democratic lawmakers described the Trump administration as rushing the deal for purposes related mainly to political deadlines, and warned that the urgency would prevent Adequate and thorough consideration of the deal’s evaluation by national security professionals in the Departments of State and Defense, as well as by Congress.
The two senators added in their letter that the F-35 is one of the most advanced aircraft in the world and gives the United States a tremendous military advantage, and that selling it to the UAE could seriously endanger the national security and safety of US forces.
And they said: What will ensure that the technology and sensitive military components in these aircraft are not compromised, that they will not fall into the hands of parties in conflict with the United States, or that they are not used in conflicts that differ from the United States and the UAE in its assessment and position?
In their letter, they also questioned whether the sale of “F-35” aircraft to Abu Dhabi would not lose Tel Aviv its qualitative military advantage, nor would it endanger Israel’s security.
The message referred to the UAE’s support for the retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, describing him as a bloody military leader, and expressing concern about the military cooperation between the UAE and Russia and China.
ومنذ Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv reached an agreement to normalize relations between them in August 13th, news of a acceleration rages in The White House has paced its efforts to sell advanced weapons to the UAE, including F-35 fighter jets and Reaper drones.