Israel could use this Kirkuk asset when looking at Iran
Near Kirkuk K-1 base with a Soviet-era headstone
Israel has a plan or workaround for dealing with Iran and the Kurds have a big role in this plan but the US will need an assist from the Kurds going forward for years to come. Therefore, watching the US partnership with the Kurds is the tip of the Iceberg. Back to the F-35i.
Israel needs about 25 F-35i for this venture in punishing Iran for its support of Hamas in Syria. At this time a notepad becomes handy for writing down the players. Lockheed needs to sell Israel, not 50 F-35i but twice that number once production prices reach $85 million a copy. Israel could mitigate airfield requirements with the F-35B, which it does not have on order from Lockheed at this time. Trump may advance Israel billions with defense treaty negotiations. That is how Israel has nine F-35i at this time. The US bought them for Israel via defense treaty.
K-1 Airbase, a former Iraqi-Baghdad airbase, is in Israel's crosshairs as a place to land its F-35i's, but not getting ahead of myself deals have to brokered.
The US pays the Kurds for weapons it also pays Israel for the F-35i. Once the US is divested from Iran nuclear treaty(done), Trump can make more deals with Lockheed, Israel, and the Kurds. "Poof", no more covert Iranian nuclear program the F-35i is that good.