After last week's historic peace accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the two countries are disagreeing over whether the UAE can buy F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States. The US has sold the F-35 to a range of allies in the past, including Turkey, South Korea, Japan, and Israel. However, sales to the Gulf require a more extensive review to satisfy US policy that stipulates Israel must maintain a "qualitative military edge" in the region. Officials from the UAE believe that the accord to normalize ties with Israel should remove "any hurdle" preventing the sale, but Prime Minister Netanyahu has said Israel would still oppose any such deal. It is not expected that this dispute will interfere with the greater peace deal between the two countries.
Police forcefully removed anti-Netanyahu protesters—including two former senior defense officials—from outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, on Thursday afternoon, so that a demonstration by Netanyahu supporters could be held there later in the day. During the past two months, tens of thousands have taken to the streets to rally against Netanyahu. The protests were seemingly galvanized in early July, when police violently dispersed several thousand people with water cannons, in Jerusalem’s Paris Circle. Since then, the Jerusalem protests have swelled significantly. The protesters’ central demand is for Netanyahu to resign—with two reasons generally being cited: Netanyahu’s three indictments; and the government’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic crisis.