Netanyahu says US freeze of F-35 sale to UAE won’t affect normalization

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly says the Biden administration’s decision to temporarily suspend its sale of F-35s to the United Arab Emirates — a deal clinched after the Gulf state agreed to forge ties with Israel — won’t affect relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.

“It won’t affect it, we’ve passed the point of no return,” says Netanyahu, according to Hebrew media reports.

Two US Navy F-35C Lightning II jets fly in formation during an exercise out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, November 16, 2018. (US Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon E. Renfroe)