The American White House confirmed that President Joe Biden’s administration will continuously review a set of policies, among them the country’s commitments under the normalization agreements it sponsored between Israel and Arab countries. For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the path of normalization has reached a “point of no return.”
White House spokeswoman Jane Sackey’s comments came to confirm Washington freezing the sale of F-35 fighters to the UAE.
“We have recently suspended some arms sales to ensure that they meet our strategic goals, including ways to end the conflict in Yemen,” she said in response to a question in this regard during a press conference yesterday, Thursday.
“There will also be a continuous review of a set of policies, including what our commitments will be in the Abraham Accords,” she added, which is the name given to the normalization agreements signed by Israel and Arab countries under the auspices of former President Donald Trump’s administration during the past months.
This came after the US State Department announced that the Biden administration had imposed a temporary suspension on some arms deals for the allies for review, and media reports stated that these deals include selling fighters to the UAE and selling ammunition to Saudi Arabia.
The US State Department said that temporarily halting the implementation of the deals is a “routine administrative procedure during power transfers.”
Netanyahu: No return
For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he did not believe that the US administration freezing the modern fighter deal for the UAE would harm the normalization agreements.
“I do not think so, we are at the point of no return. Everyone realized that there are great benefits in this (normalization), after Mohammed bin Zayed (the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi) and the King of Bahrain made this historic step, in addition to the King of Morocco and the leaders of Sudan,” he said. They all realize that there is peace and prosperity in that. “
Commenting on the freezing of the combat aircraft deal, the UAE ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, said that his country expected the new administration to review the current US policies.
It is noteworthy that the UAE confirmed, two days after Biden’s inauguration on January 20, that it had signed agreements in the last days of the Trump presidency to purchase up to 50 F-35s and 18 armed MQ9B drones. (MQ-9B) and other defense equipment, in a deal totaling $ 23 billion.
Last December, the Senate rejected attempts to block the deal, which opponents from the Democratic Party said was being rushed without adequate guarantees that the equipment would not fall into the wrong hands, or contribute to fueling unrest in the Middle East.
On Thursday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren welcomed the Biden administration’s decision to suspend arms deals and military equipment to the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Warren said, in a tweet on Twitter, that the two countries are responsible for “the continuing human tragedy in Yemen through a senseless bombing campaign for years.”