Israel and the United Arab Emirates may be reaching a historic normalisation of their diplomatic ties, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Tuesday (August 18) it remains opposed to future arms sales to Gulf country.
And that includes reports in Israeli media that the Trump administration is planning a "giant" sale of F-35 fighter jets to the UAE as part of the deal.
Last week the two countries agreed to normalize their relationship, but there has been an understanding going back decades that Washington would refrain from Middle East arms sales that could blunt Israel's military edge against regional rivals.
However, the the White House did signal the UAE could be free to clinch unspecified new U.S. arms sales moving forward.
Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz underlined the need for Israel's safety.
"I'm telling you that we must take no security risks. At the same time I repeatedly tell you that we should promote this agreement.”
The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and representatives of the UAE government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Netanyahu's office says they oppose deals that would "tip the balance."