The U.S. and Egypt are on the verge of closing a large military deal, in which the Egyptian military will receive new F-16 fighter jets and M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, according to Egyptian media outlets.
Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm quoted a senior Egyptian defense official on Sunday saying that despite "a neighboring country voicing their discontent about the scope of the deal to the Americans," a clear reference to Israel, the deal is still proceeding smoothly.
The official reportedly said that every arms deal with Egypt sparks controversy, but that resistance tends to die down once the deals are concluded.
The deal to provide Egypt with new F-16 jets had reportedly been signed two years ago, before Egypt's revolution ousted President Hosni Mubarak from the presidency and voted in the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi.
These facts did not stop some U.S. statesmen from voicing their opposition to providing Egypt with advanced arms when the U.S.'s stance on Egypt is still unclear.
"The Obama administration wants to simply throw money at an Egyptian government that the president cannot even clearly state is an ally of the United States,” Republican chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Rep., Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, said last month.
After Afghanistan, Israel and Egypt are the U.S.'s second and third largest recipients of military aid, at nearly $3 billion and $1.3 billion respectively.