US, Israel Quietly Holding Talks on Post-Iran Deal Payoff

Goal Is to Announce a Deal During Netanyahu's November Visit

Throughout the weeks since the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Israel has been loudly campaigning against the deal, with Israeli Lobby groups like AIPAC putting tens of millions of dollars into a failed campaign to kill the pact.

At the same time, it’s been understood throughout that there would eventually be a multi-billion dollar payoff by the US government in the form of extra military aid to Israel, meant to get them to at least calm down a little about the pact.

Despite Israel continuing to rail about the deal, and despite the deal being safe in Congress without Israeli acquiescence, the US and Israel are said to be engaged in “low-profile” talks on terms of the “compensation” deal for them, with an eye toward getting the deal ready to announce by November’s state visit for Netanyahu.

Israeli officials have suggested these “unofficial” talks have been ongoing for a couple of weeks now, and all indications are that it will still be a multi-billion dollar package of weapons on top of the billions of dollars annually the US already gives Israel.

The timing of the talks was initially quite controversial in Israel, with the military wanting a deal quick, and fearing that if Israel waited too long the White House wouldn’t need them and wouldn’t pay up. Ultimately, it seems the White House didn’t need them, but is still paying up anyhow.

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