Arriving in Tel Aviv tonight for an official visit, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter insisted that he had “no expectation” that either he or any other US officials were going to change Israel’s mind on last week’s Iran deal, and that this wasn’t the purpose of his trip.
Talking to media en route to the trip, which will have stop offs in Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, Carter played up the “good deal” with Iran, and said he intended to convoy that message to those nations, despite his lack of expectation on changing anyone’s mind.
For his visit to Israel, Carter said the focus of the trip would be on increasing military ties with Israel, and reiterated that the reason he thinks Iran is a “good deal” is because it doesn’t get in the way of the US or Israel, or both, attacking Iran out of the blue.
While Israeli officials have conceded that they will eventually be negotiating a multi-billion dollar payoff in return for the nuclear deal, Carter is not expected to publicly bring this matter up, or to play a significant role in negotiating such a deal during this visit.
4 thoughts on “Defense Secretary: US Won’t Change Israel’s Mind on Iran Deal”
"While Israeli officials have conceded that they will eventually be negotiating a multi-billion dollar payoff in return for the nuclear deal"
That is a lame excuse for giving more money to Israel. "Payoff" for what? Opposing us?
It is a good deal. Their position is improved over what it was. There is nothing in this good deal that justifies more upgrades to their already overwhelming military force.
Payoff so they like us? They won't. They haven't the slightest respect for us, nor should they given our behavior.
Carter ought to be delivering a message to them. He won't. He isn't. But he ought to be. "Knock it off, or you get nothing at all. Get with the program."
Time for Dutch Uncle, not Sugar Daddy.
A great boost to our war economy is Israel, for by terrorism it does maximize our trading of war materials for Middle-East oil.
America instead of living it's golden age it's stuck being the Golden Calf of Israel.
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