Obama unveils compensation package for Israel after Iran deal

The New York Times on Friday revealed the details of a compensation package Israel is set to receive from the United States after world powers and Iran agreed to a historic nuclear agreement in early July.



Laid out in a letter dated August 19 to US Congressman Jerrold Nadler
(D-NY), the president promised to increase American military aid for
Israel in developing new anti-missile systems and tunnel detection
technologies.

"Our governments should identify ways to
accelerate the ongoing collaborative research and development for tunnel
detection and mapping technologies to provide Israel new capabilities
to detect and destroy tunnels because they could be used to threaten
Israeli civilians," Obama stated in writing.

The Obama
administration also promised to increase cooperation with Israel and its
Arab neighbors to help fight the Islamic Republic's influence in the
region, specifically Tehran's funding of the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah
in Lebanon and Syrian President Bashar Assad.


"My administration is prepared to enhance the already intensive joint
efforts underway to identify and counter the range of shared threats we
face in the region, as well as increase missile defense funding so that
Israel and the United States can accelerate the co-development of the
Arrow-3 and David's Sling missile defense systems," Obama added.

Obama
also emphasized Israel's new, unprecedented access to American
weaponry, giving the Jewish State a strategic military advantage over
its neighbors while stressing that if Iran does not live up to its
commitments, force will not be off the table.

While Israel has
"unparalleled access to some of the most advanced military equipment in
the world, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which will be
delivered in 2016," assured Obama, he added "all of the options
available to the United States - including the military option - will
remain available through the life of the deal and beyond."


As it stands now, 26 Senate Democrats have declared their support for
the accord, and five others are leaning toward supporting it. As a
result, it is becoming increasingly difficult for opponents of the deal
in the Senate to find the 67 votes needed to override a veto, according
to The New York Times.