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  • Writer's pictureTaher Tarraf

The United States has supplied the nation of Israel with F-35 aircraft

The Israeli Ministry of Defense has formally requested the purchase of a third squadron of American-manufactured F-35 fighters from the United States of America. This decision came after the approval of Minister Yoav Gallant.


Currently, the Israeli military possesses 50 F-35 fighters, renowned for their stealth capabilities. If the additional order for 25 of these advanced aircraft is fulfilled, Israel's fleet of stealth aircraft will grow to a total of 75.


It's noteworthy that the Israeli government has underlined that this deal is solely within its purview, as it comes with Minister Gallant's approval. The estimated value of the agreement is approximately 3 billion dollars, and it will be entirely funded through American aid. In essence, Israel is acquiring these highly advanced aircraft at no cost to itself, as they are considered among the most advanced in the world.


What is particularly striking is that some Arab nations had hoped to obtain F-35 aircraft through their agreements with Israel. However, even with these agreements in place, the United States did not provide these Arab nations with access to this aircraft, as it was concerned about potentially diminishing Israel's military superiority over its regional neighbors.


Israel has consistently refused U.S. requests to supply F-35 aircraft to Arab countries, even those with which it has normalized relations. This raises questions about the prospects of forming a "joint" military and security alliance between these countries and Israel.


It is crucial to emphasize that any perceived differences between the U.S. administration, led by President Biden, and the Israeli government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, should not overshadow the enduring relationship between the West, particularly the United States, and Israel. This relationship is akin to that of a state and its military base.


For Arab and Islamic countries pursuing normalization with Israel, it is essential to exert influence within this relationship, ensuring that Western powers, including the United States, consider their interests and work towards improving the situation for the Palestinian people. However, it is vital to understand that the West and the United States, in particular, will not permit any alterations to the equation of "unquestionable Israeli dominance" in the region, even if normalization agreements with Arab regimes continue.


Ultimately, the concern for the West and the United States lies with the people, not the regimes, and they are unlikely to allow anything that may compromise the prevailing status quo in favor of the Israeli entity. #F35Aircraft


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