Israel keen on successful F-15 sale to Egypt as defence ties improves

U.S. offers F-15s to Egypt to kill Su-35 acquisition plans_

Despite a lack of stealth there’s one thing the F-15 can do that the new fighters can’t: carry lots and lots of missiles. (Boeing)

Israel is keen on Egypt getting the Boeing F-15 Eagle fighter jets, and is trying to persuade the United States to approve the sale of the aircraft to Cairo.

The move is part of Jerusalem’s efforts to improve relations between Cairo and Washington.

Last week, outgoing commander of US Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, said at a hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee that the administration plans to approve the sale of the advanced F-15s to Egypt.

Earlier this week, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the United Arab Emirates ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh, where the three discussed strengthening coordination, prosperity and stability in the region.

According to local report, senior members from Israel’s military are in discussions with the US regarding supplying the F-15s to Egypt.

The Biden administration has been under pressure by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress during the past year to condition military aid to Egypt on Cairo improving its human rights record.

There is also concern among some members of Congress of maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.

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