Netanyahu: Israel, US discussing new security aid package unrelated to Iran deal

Israel is in early discussions with the US about a new 10-year defense assistance program, but this is not “compensation” for the possible signing of a possible nuclear deal with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

Netanyahu, during a briefing with Israel’s diplomatic correspondents, did not say how much Israel was requesting. With the current 10-year, $30 billion US defense assistance agreement set to expire in 2017, the two sides are negotiating the terms of a new 10 year-deal that according to a recent report in Defense News could be worth up to $45 billion.

The prime minister said that this package is not a “quid pro quo” for the Iranian nuclear deal, which he said Israel continues to adamantly oppose.


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