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Congress is poised to clash over the proposed sale of military hardware, including state-of-the-art jets, to Arab nations that have reached peace agreements with Israel.

The Trump administration's historic peace agreements between the Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Sudan, and Israel have opened the door to deals with the Jewish state's longtime enemies.

The U.S. has supplied its closest ally in the Middle East with military hardware to give the Jewish state a "qualitative military edge" over its neighbors.

But now the Congressional Research Service, which provides policy analysis to lawmakers, is reviewing a proposal to sell F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates.

CRS said members of Congress "may weight longstanding arms sale concerns ... against the benefits of supporting closer Israel-UAE ties and reinforcing the robust U.S.-Emirati defense relationship."

"For a sale of an advanced system like the F-35 to a Middle Eastern state, there are tradeoffs. While Emirati possession of the F-35 would likely deepen its partnership with the United States, it also would possibly trigger purchase requests from other regional players," CRS said.

"While successive administrations and Congress have, on occasion, initially conditioned the capabilities of advanced U.S. aircraft sold to Middle Eastern operators, in many cases, those operators eventually have received upgrades to those capabilities. Over time, as recipients of advanced U.S. defense equipment grow more capable and independent, one challenge for Congress may be to sustain oversight post sale.

"Congressional attention could help ensure that end-use monitoring is carried out in accordance with U.S. law and recipient nations are adhering to the terms and conditions of a purchase agreement."

Considerations for Congress would include geographic conditions, security worries, conditions on use, conditions on quantity and conditions of policy.

Yet another concern is a potential regional arms race.

"Should the United States approve the sale of the F-35 and other technologies to the UAE, the sale conceivably could trigger other Middle Eastern governments to increase their expenditures on advanced weaponry, either from the United States or other foreign suppliers, such as France, Russia and China," the report warned. "Some previous U.S. sales of advanced equipment have led U.S. partners to seek parity with other regional militaries.

"Acquiring the F-35 would represent a significant increase in the military capability of an Arab state. Some argue that, as a result, other Arab states may request to purchase the F-35 in order to keep their close defense relationship with the United States on equal footing."

Saudi Arabia also has expressed interest in buying F-35s.




 

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Pentagon "managers" (generals & admirals), their future employers - defense contractors - and congressmen are in varying states of Nirvana!
TRUE DAT!!!!!!
One thing we could do is sell them f-35's with avionics software that has a "mole" virus. Then we could turn off their planes if ever needed.
 

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Seriously.... I doubt they sell fully capable F35's to them. Not everything included.
Even though I know nothing....
I suspect the only one who can get Fully Capable F22's is Israel.
Biden wins and they won't be able to get a little red wagon.
 

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Things like this never turn out well.
 

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Seriously.... I doubt they sell fully capable F35's to them. Not everything included.
Even though I know nothing....
I suspect the only one who can get Fully Capable F22's is Israel.
Biden wins and they won't be able to get a little red wagon.
I am the last one to want Israel to not get the best equipment and I believe you are wrong. You have NO basis in saying Biden is not totally pro Israel.
If you want to know WHY I am the last one...ask me.
 

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Sell off some of the F-35 Panther Budget-Breaker planes?

Sure! Top dollar of course. :whistle:
 

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Are you running a Disinformation Campaign? Who's paying you?
I'm for Trump and very much against Biden, but @The Fish happens to be right about Biden and Israel. He is a friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and he has shown a lot of support to Israel over the years. How that translates into arms sales, I don't know, but the facts are the facts.
 
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