TRIBUNE. The sale under the cloak of F-35 to the Emirates, condition of the peace agreement with Israel?

The good political and economic relations between the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are not new, but they have taken on a whole new dimension since Donald Trump's accession to the White House in 2016.Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Ben Zayed, who previously had a privileged relationship with businessman Trump, succeeded, after the latter's election, not only in imposing his foal Mohammed Ben Salman as crown prince of the kingdom ally of Saudi Arabia, but also to make accept the isolation of Qatar within the countries of the Gulf by sticking to him the adhesive plaster of “support for terrorism”.But beyond President Trump, and for easily understandable reasons , it is his son-in-law Jared Kushner who continued the work and officiated in the shadow of his father-in-law to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries, even if it means sometimes crossing the red line.

Latest revelation to date from CNN: Kushner, who does not deny it, was largely involved in the negotiations with Abu Dhabi for the purchase of very high-tech weapons, in particular F-35 stealth fighter jets, those- the same as Israel uses, and high-flying drones.Problem: Normally, the United States is not allowed to sell such weapons to traditional allies of the West without the agreement of Congress and through a free pass.

The president's son-in-law says the negotiations were led by Miguel Correa, the director general of the National Security Council (NSC) for the Middle East, although the trade in such military equipment should be the subject, according to the US Constitution, under scrutiny by Congress, but the relevant agencies and various congressional committees that finally got wind of the operation protested unsuccessfully against their ouster in the decision-making process, a blatant case of violation of the law.The State Department office that handles arms sales has not been formally notified of a UAE procurement request, which is necessary to trigger a formal review process, said from State Department officials to CNN.Trump's "deal of the century" in the Middle East, a fragile peace plan

Posted Date: 2020-08-30

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