Yaalon in US: Much of our power is based on US aid

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, who is on a visit to Washington, held a working meeting Tuesday with his US counterpart, Ashton Carter. The two met at the National Defense University after speaking with students there.

They reportedly discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, and matters connected with US aid and maintaining the IDF's qualitative advantage in the region.

In the course of the meeting, Ya'alon said: "I wish to express gratitude for the special relationship between the US and Israel. We appreciate the readiness and the time that you are devoting to strengthen the power of the state of Israel. Developments in the Middle East require Israel to possess meaningful abilities, in order to deal with the threats and challenges that we are facing.

"We must continue to develop and hold very meaningful intelligence, defense and attack capabilities, in a way that allows us to use them on several fronts," he added. "A meaningful part of our strength and power structure is based on American assistance, and I am happy that we are meeting to discuss these matters."

The two men are scheduled to visit US military units Wednesday and hold a press conference.

Ya'alon's visit has been described as being meant to discuss American military "compensation" to Israel over the Iran nuclear deal.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook explained that the meeting is to emphasize "the strength of American-Israeli security ties."

Cook confirmed reports to Arutz Sheva by a senior member of the Pentagon, who several weeks ago said the sides are to discuss a significant enlargement of the American military support for Israel, in a discussion that began during Carter's visit to Israel in July.

The Pentagon press secretary added that the meeting is meant to ensure Israel maintains a significant military advantage in the Middle East.

According to the Pentagon, the increase in aid to Israel is to include fighter jets, advanced munitions and anti-rocket defense systems.

There also appears to be a possibility that the annual defense budget the US grants to Israel will be enlarged, along with the joint projects and maneuvers held between the IDF and the US Army.

Similar deals are believed to be in the works for Sunni Arab gulf states equally alarmed at the Iran nuclear deal.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202562

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