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Pompeo says F-35 sale to UAE was ‘critical’ to the Abraham Accords

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10.06.2021

Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has told an Israeli newspaper that the deal for the US to sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates was an integral part of last year’s Abraham Accords.

For months, Israeli, US and Emirati officials publicly denied that the arms deal was part of the negotiations that brought about the normalization deal between Israel and the UAE last year. But Trump officials acknowledged at the time that the agreement put Abu Dhabi in a better position to receive such advanced weaponry, and a source with direct knowledge of the talks told The Times of Israel that both the US and Israel knew that the arms deal was “very much part of the deal.”

“There was a series of actions that allowed the accords to advance and eventually be signed, including” the F-35 deal, Pompeo told Yedioth Ahronoth in an interview that will be published in full on Friday. “Also the [assassination] of [Iranian Gen.] Soleimani was deeply connected to the Abraham Accords,” he added in comments published in Hebrew. “It proved to the world that the United States is determined in its battle against Iran.”

Pompeo said the Trump administration’s decision to boost Saudi military capabilities, to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and to........

© The Times of Israel


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