Breaking: Israel gets F-35 fighter jets from US in first under Biden
Three more F-35 fighter jets have arrived in the Occupied Palestine from the United States, the Israeli military says, marking Washington’s commitment to maintaining Tel Aviv’s alleged military edge in West Asia.
The aircraft landed at Nevatim Airbase on Sunday, bringing the total number of F-35 fighter jets operated by the Israeli military to 27.
According to Press TV, a further 23 F-35 planes are due to be delivered to Israel by 2024.
Last February, Israel’s security cabinet approved a major arms deal worth $9 billion with the US to receive new F-35 and F-16 fighter jets, new troop-carrying helicopters, thousands of bombs and munitions, and four Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tankers.
The delivery comes as Washington is proceeding with weapons sales, including F-35 aircraft, to the United Arab Emirates.
As per America’s Israel policy, Washington has to take protecting Israel’s security into consideration before selling any weapons to countries in West Asia region.
Washington agreed to sell F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi agreed to normalize relations with Tel Aviv in August 2020.
The new US administration suspended the sale of F-35 jets to the UAE just days after President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Under the deal, Abu Dhabi was supposed to receive 50 stealth F-35s and 18 advanced Reaper drones.
In February, Biden called for “ending all American support for offensive operations in Yemen, including relevant arms sales,” but his administration on April 13 decided to proceed with over $23 billion in weapons sales to Abu Dhabi.
On Thursday, more than 300 US lawmakers said that Washington’s aid to Israel must continue without conditions or reduction, a week after Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum said she would introduce a bill that would restrict Tel Aviv’s using of US funds to violate Palestinian rights.