Everyone in Holding Pattern Except Iran

Israel Freezes Defense Aid Talks with US Pending Iran Deal

By Cynthia Blank 6/25/2015 Via Israel National News

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon at Arrow 2 test [Photo Credit: Flash 90]

(While the world waits, Iran moves forward. More extensions anyone? – LS)

A joint meeting of senior representatives in the Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office resulted in the decision to temporarily suspend dialogue with the United States regarding defense aid to the Jewish state.

The freeze will remain in place until the conclusion of talks between Iran and P5+1 world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program, if not later.

The main reason for suspending the dialogue, officials told Walla! News, is the mounting tension between the White House and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government.

According to a senior defense official, who confirmed the report, freezing talks now will allow Israel to present a new request for defense materials after a deal with Iran has been finalized.

The official asserted that Israel is waiting for negotiations between Iran and Western powers to conclude, to see what exactly the US signs, and from there make demands for maintaining Israel’s security in the region.

Other officials though have suggested Israel may prolong the freeze until a new US president is inaugurated in early 2017, thereby avoiding contact with current US President Barack Obama, whose relationship with Israel has been contentious.

The pressure of a looming nuclear deal with Iran has also begun to affect US officials.

A group of top US experts on security and foreign policy, including former Obama advisors, sent a letter Wednesday night to the President, warning him that the pending accord “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement.”

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One Comment on “Everyone in Holding Pattern Except Iran”

  1. wdednh Says:

    Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE and commented:

    Bible tells us: evev the fool , when keep his mouth shot, looks smart!
    great post!

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