Israel’s intelligence minister Eli Cohen has said that any potential US deal with Qatar on the acquisition of F-35 military planes will be fiercely opposed, reports Reuters.

The news outlet cited three informed sources close to the deal as saying that Qatar had sent a formal request to the United States for the purchase of F-35s. President Trump stated in mid-September – just after Israel and the UAE signed a landmark normalization agreement – that he did not rule out selling the F-35 to the and other states in the region.

Qatar is reportedly rumored to be in talks to normalize ties with Israel, following a recent normalization of ties between the Jewish State and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.