AP Report: U.S. Officials Deny Washington Will Offer Israeli Military Compensation Package

ashtonU.S. officials denied on Sunday that U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will offer Israel a military package as compensation for the Iran nuclear deal, the Associated Press reports.

Secretary Carter is departing today for Israel and is planning to meet with Israeli leaders about military defense issues.

On Friday a senior Israeli official in Jerusalem suggested that Secretary Carter’s upcoming visit was intended to repair the rift between the U.S. and Israel over the Iran deal through a compensation package.

On Thursday U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice also hinted about a compensation package to Reuters.

Yesterday on this website it was reported that Secretary Carter was preparing to offer Israel a military compensation package following the new nuclear agreement last week with Iran. Those comments have since been removed from the post.

Two months ago, Washington reported about a $1.9 billion arms sale to Israel that includes missiles and bombs including bunk buster bombs that can reach underground targets.

On Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned on ABC’s This Week about the upcoming visit from Secretary of Defense Carter.

Netanyahu suggested that Israel won’t be compensated from Washington over the Iran deal.

“You know, everybody talks about compensating Israel. I guess the question that you have to ask is, if this deal is supposed to make Israel and our Arab neighbors safer, why should we be consecrated–compensated with anything” Netanyahu said.

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