Trump’s Middle East ‘Peace Plan’ to Send U.S. Advanced Weapons to UAE and Bahrain
President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which was signed at the White House, will open trade relations between Israel, UAE (Sunni-controlled) and Bahrain (Sunni-controlled), and create a united front against their common enemy Iran (Shiite-controlled).
Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel advocacy group critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (under criminal indictment), told the New York Times how the agreement is financial:
It’s not conflict resolution and it’s not peace — this is a business deal. It’s very, very clear that there are aligned interests between Israel and these countries — military, security, diplomatic, economic — and those interests have been there for two decades.
The Middle East peace plan will also include sales of advanced U.S. weapons to UAE and Bahrain, notes The Independent:
One of the biggest advantages for the UAE, a country playing a growing political and military role in the region, is the promise of advanced US weapons, specifically warplanes.
Although US officials have denied the link, Washington has been working on an arms sale which could reportedly see Abu Dhabi purchase long-sought F-35 stealth fighter jets, Reaper drones and EA-18G Growler planes. This is despite resistance from Israel, concerned it may lose its US-protected “qualitative military edge” in the region.
Bahrain will also likely gain greater access to purchases of US air defence systems, while both states will reap the benefits of trading openly with Israel, which is home to one of the world’s most advanced tech sectors.