US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will arrive next week on an official visit. Although pre-planned, the visit is expected to be used to offer Israel a very generous offer, which will serve as compensation for signing the nuclear agreement with Iran.
"Israel explicitly said during a series of closed telephone conversations with officials that at this point it does not want to deal with the issue of strengthening its own security with the help of the United States," a senior official told Arutz Sheva on Friday.
But, in contrast to the chilly relationship between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Carter is very friendly with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud), and despite the position presented by the Prime Minister, the two are set to discuss the issue.
Washington and Jerusalem have very publicly locked horns on the deal, with Netanyahu decrying the accord as a "bitter mistake of historic proportions."
"In every area where it was supposed to prevent Iran attaining nuclear arms capability, there were huge compromises," he added. "When you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result."
Netanyahu later made clear that Israel “is not bound by this deal with Iran, because Iran continues to seek our destruction. We will always defend ourselves."
Obama, however, defended the deal, claiming earlier on Wednesday that while Netanyahu’s concerns over Israel’s security were legitimate, he has not presented a better alternative. Netanyahu has publicly called for strong sanctions to cause Iran to submit.
Late Thursday night, Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser, hinted at a compensation package in remarks to Reuters.
"We will…be looking forward – if the Israelis are interested and willing, they haven't said so yet – to discuss with them how we might further deepen and strengthen our security and intelligence cooperation," she said.