When Egypt and Syria attacked the Jewish state in 1973, the Conservative British prime minister Edward Heath imposed a complete ban on sales of arms or munitions to both sides, claiming this to be a policy of “evenhandedness.” Heath did so, writes Robert Philpot, in part to avoid breaking ranks with the European Economic Community, which the UK had just joined under his leadership. And there were other reasons as well:
Britain’s Betrayal of Israel During the Yom Kippur War, and Its Consequences
Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?
On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns: