Sources say US weighing speeding up sale of 25 F-15 jets to Israel

A US AFCENT F-15 fighter jet is seen at the Nevatim Airbase, January 5, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
A US AFCENT F-15 fighter jet is seen at the Nevatim Airbase, January 5, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Biden administration is weighing whether to go ahead with a major $18 billion package of arms transfers to Israel that would involve dozens of F-15 aircraft and munitions, three sources familiar with the matter say.

The sale of 25 F-15s from Boeing to Israel has been under review since the United States received the formal request in January 2023, one of the sources says.

Speeding up the delivery of the aircraft was among the top asks by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who visited Washington last week and held talks with US officials, including National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the second source says.

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