US media: Israeli Prime Minister may acquiesce in US arms sales to UAE

According to relevant sources, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu privately supports the US government’s agreement to sell arms to the UAE, although he has repeatedly expressed his opposition to the deal in public. < / P > < p > the New York Times reported on September 3 that the United Arab Emirates has been seeking more advanced weapons for a long time, but Israel has been trying to block this agreement because it is worried that this will affect the balance of military power in the Middle East. But in recent weeks, the U.S. government has accelerated the pace of arms sales to the UAE, including F-35 fighters, Reaper drones and ea-18g growler jets. It is reported that although Netanyahu has repeatedly denied that he and trump have made a commitment not to oppose the UAE arms deal, some officials involved in the negotiations said that after the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE under the mediation of the United States, Netanyahu’s attitude has changed. Especially after meeting with US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem last week, he stopped publicly criticizing the agreement. < / P > < p > Hussein ibish, a scholar at the Arab Gulf Institute, told the New York Times that at present, officials from the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have told him that Netanyahu has approved the United States to sell weapons to the United Arab Emirates, but in order to avoid domestic protests, he is seeking a private solution to the matter. Ibish also mentioned that Netanyahu had previously told the UAE and the U.S. government that he would not make clear opposition in public. < / P > < p > in this regard, some U.S. officials expressed concern about the secret weapons agreement, pointing out that the sale of weapons to the United Arab Emirates may weaken Israel’s military advantage in the Middle East. The trump administration said that under the normalization of Arab Israeli relations, strengthening the military strength of the UAE will help ensure Israel’s security. < / P > < p > it is reported that most officials in the Israeli government do not support the secret weapons agreement. Benny Ganz, former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces and a member of Parliament, expressed his anger at the agreement. He warned the United States and Arab countries “not to take security risks” at a press conference on the 1st. Some officials involved in the negotiations said that the premise of the arms sale is that the United States must ensure technically that the proposed weapons will not endanger Israel’s military advantage in the region, so it will take at least several months to complete the sale plan.