Sale of F-35s: Another chapter in the murky relationship between Netanyahu and Ganz

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A month after the ceremonial signing of the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the issue of military compensation that Israel’s new Gulf partner is going to receive is officially on the agenda, after Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bnei Gantz (blue and white) said he revealed the US plane agreement. To the UAE only after the festive event at the White House.

It started when Gantz returned last weekend from a working visit to Washington, where he signed with US Secretary of Defense Mark Asper an agreement to secure Israel’s military advantage. “This agreement was reached after a lengthy dialogue between the Department of Defense and the Pentagon, which began after the Secretary of Defense’s previous visit to Washington a month ago,” Ganz said in a statement. He added that the understandings reached with the United States would enable long-term procurement plans that would provide advanced weapons systems to Israel, significantly upgrade its military capabilities, fortify Israel’s security and regional military superiority, and maintain its qualitative military advantage in the coming decades.

Netanyahu’s speech at the signing ceremony of the peace agreement. Courtesy of the White House

During the visit, US government officials informed the Secretary of Defense that the administration plans to notify Congress in the near future of its intention to supply certain weapons systems to the UAE. At this point, Netanyahu and Gantz announced that in light of the fact that the United States is upgrading Israel’s military capabilities and maintaining its qualitative advantage, they will not oppose the sale of these systems to the United Arab Emirates.

Ganz and Netanyahu did not content themselves with a joint announcement of the agreement signed at the Pentagon and each issued his own special clarification. The Prime Minister’s statement stressed that “the new understandings were not part of the peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates, and the discussion began only a month ago with the Secretary of Defense’s visit to Washington, after the signing of the peace agreement, and ended only yesterday. After a close examination by Defense Ministry professionals “It has been decided that Israel has no objection to the supply of certain weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates, as this is enshrined in an agreement with the United States, which upgrades Israel’s military advantage and ensures its military superiority in the Middle East in the coming decades.”

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Ganz stated in his announcement that he knew about the arms sale agreement to the Emirates only after the signing ceremony in Washington. In a statement, it was stated that “After the signing of the peace agreement with the Emirates, it was revealed to the Defense Minister that negotiations for the sale of advanced weapons were taking place, which was known to Israeli officials involved in the negotiations but was hidden from the defense establishment.” “Supreme strategic, and therefore from the moment the agreement was signed, he led a determined and independent action with the American administration, to ensure the existence of the agreement while ensuring the security of the State of Israel, maintaining its qualitative advantage and strengthening the IDF’s strength for decades to come.”

As expected, the affair is being sharply criticized by the opposition. Defense Minister and former Chief of Staff MK Moshe (Boogie) Ya’alon (Yesh Atid-Talam) tweeted on his Twitter account: “On Friday, the Defense Minister confirmed what was clear to me when the agreement with the Emirates was published – Netanyahu lied and hid from the defense establishment The approval he gave for an advanced arms deal to the Emirates, centered on the “Vapor” 35 – F. Netanyahu lied and hid this from the government and the Knesset as well. We deserve an honest prime minister who takes care of the state and not himself. Go, we’ll fix it. “

The chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu, MK Avigdor Lieberman, also referred to the plane deal and said: “The agreements are an achievement, only there is no need to lie. It is clear that Netanyahu is lying that it is peace for peace. It is peace for F-35 and for sovereignty.”







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