“However, that issue ‘has receded in importance’ more recently, said Barbara Leaf, the US ambassador to the UAE from 2014 to 2018. The main reason is that in October, Israel’s government dropped its objection to the F-35 transfers in particular, soon after the Pentagon promised Jerusalem its edge would remain intact.

“‘It’s now more about the foreign policy dimensions of the proposed sale,’ Leaf told me…”

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