US considers compensation for Israel over Iran nuclear deal

Washington reportedly prepared a ‘package’ that includes F-35 fighter jets for Israel to persuade the state to accept the Iran nuclear deal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Signs of low-key compensation deal talks between the US and Israel took over the Israeli media, the deal aims to “compensate” for any concerns of possible losses resulting from the proposed US-Iran nuclear deal.

Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, cited an unnamed senior American source as saying that "the White House is willing to pay a hefty price to get some quiet from the Israelis at this point. We are surprised the Israeli demand has not been made yet."

“If we come with demands at this point, it would mean that we have given up our objections to the deal, and now it is just a matter of at what price. If Israel believes that the deal is bad for its security, it cannot appear as someone who gave up in the end,” the paper quoted an Israeli defense source responding to the American initiative as saying.

The package could include an increase of the amount of F-35 fighter jets that the US was set to supply Israel with and additional batteries for Israel’s anti-missile defense systems, according to reports in both Haaretz and Yediot Ahronoth this week.

Israeli media handled the matter with caution. “The United States and Israel have begun unofficial contacts regarding special American military aid for Israel,” according to Israeli left-wing daily Haaretz. 

Also according to Haaretz, the Obama administration plans to provide Israel substantial defense compensation if an agreement is signed between Tehran and the world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program. This is in light of the continued defense risk perceived coming from Iran, as well as huge arms deals between the Washington and the Gulf states.

Under US law, the American administration must act to maintain Israel’s military excellency over its neighbors. In August 2007, the Bush Administration agreed to increase the US military assistance to Israel by $6 billion over the following decade. 

Israel is to receive an incremental annual increases of $150 million, starting at $2.55 billion in 2009 and reaching $3.15 billion per year as an annual average between 2013-2018, according to the Jewish virtual library.

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