Bill aimed at securing Israel’s military edge introduced to US House of Reps.

Categories: US-Israel Relationship

10/03/2020

US Defense Minister Mark Esper assured that the United States will maintain Israel’s military superiority

A bipartisan bill aimed at securing Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge in the Middle East was introduced in the House of Representatives on Friday, according to a press release by the proposal’s main sponsor  Illinois Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider.  

The text reiterates the demand for congressional consultation on the matter but also demands “that the president consult the Israeli government” to ensure that its military advantage is not placed in jeopardy.

According to Jewish Telegraph Agency, the bill, devised through consultations with the Israeli government, appears to give the Jerusalem an effective veto over arms sales in the Middle East amid concerns that the UAE was eager to purchase F-35 fighter jets from the US.

Israeli government officials have reportedly raised concerns with Washington after it was revealed that as part of the historic Abraham Accords, signed between Israel and Gulf neighbors the UAE and Bahrain on Sept. 15, the US would begin selling the highly sophisticated aircraft to Abu Dhabi. 

Last week, US Defense Minister Mark Esper assured that the United States will maintain Israel’s military superiority in the Middle East.

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