US official: No 'swag bag' of military aid to Israel
A US official said on Sunday that the military aid that Israel will receive to help it cope with a nuclear Iran may not amount to much
(Hat Tip: Steve B
The US is rumored to have extended further military aid to Israel,
Saudi Arabia and Gulf nations – countries who oppose the nuclear deal –
following last week’s announcement.
However, according to a report in Defense News, the US will not be offering offensive military weaponry as form of protection against the possible threat of a nuclear Iran.
“There seems to be some conflation between the Iran nuclear deal and
the expectation to fix all the bad things Iran does that we and our
partners don’t like,” an unnamed US official stated.
issues will continue to be a key subject of conversation, but there’s
not going to be a swag bag of military hardware as a result of this
According to the report, American aid will come in the form of
military exercises, regional troop presence of some 40,000 soldiers and
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is expected to arrive in Israel on
Sunday as part of a Middle East tour of American allies. He will travel
to Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to reaffirm the Obama
administration’s commitment to each country’s security.
On Thursday, US diplomat Wendy Sherman revealed to Israeli reporters
that Israel turned down previous defense packages from the US so as not
to be seen as okaying the nuclear agreement. During negotiations between
P5+1 nations and the Islamic Republic, Israel suspended all defense talks with the US pending a final outcome of negotiations.
Israeli defense officials said they wanted to wait to see the final result of nuclear talks in order to more finely tailor its defense requests to the Obama administration.
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