US committed to maintaining Israel’s ‘military edge’ in light of Iran deal

The US will defend Israel as it does with its NATO allies, a senior US defense official said Monday.

The official, speaking to a delegation of Israeli diplomatic reporters visiting Washington,  said that the US commitment to Israel’s security is something US defense officials “live on a daily basis.”

“We have an ally relationship with Israel,” the official said.  “The word ally means something to us. It means that if you are attacked, we defend you. This is what an ally relationship means. That is what it means for our NATO allies. We use that term sparingly.”


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