The Israeli Air Force is expected to announce an agreement with the United States to purchase a major chunk of its fleet of planes from the United Arab Emirates for $50 billion.
The move comes as Israel is negotiating with the US to expand its security presence in the region, including in the occupied West Bank.
Israel announced the $10 billion deal on Wednesday, after US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with NBC News that Israel would continue to buy military hardware from the UAE, despite the country’s decision to boycott the deal.
Kerry said the deal was “part of our overall strategy” to expand Israel’s security presence throughout the Middle East.
The UAE has been an important source of military hardware to Israel.
During a trip to Israel last month, Kerry said that if Israel decides to enter into a future security deal with the UAE that would not involve the construction of a fence along the border with Egypt, the two countries will be able to work together to achieve a joint defense plan.