That's what this is allllll about i.e. it isn't satisfied with the USA giving Ehud Barak the money to "buy" these jets, it also wants to find some excuse to skim 20% off the top and spend it on developing Israeli electronics to replace the existing Lockheed-designed electronics i.e. to reinvent the wheel. This article is merely the excuse for that exercise in greed.
Russia: U.S. plan to provide air cover for Syrian rebels undermines Damascus fight on ISIS (Reuters)
from the article: In bid for air superiority, Israel may wait for better jets