Aiding Israel after the Iran Nuclear Deal: Issues for Congress [October 30, 2015]   [open pdf - 140KB]

"The Obama Administration has indicated that the United States may provide Israel with additional military aid during the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran (see CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RL33222, 'U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel' and CRS Report R43333, Iran Nuclear Agreement). Although additional aid is described in terms of assuaging Israel's ongoing security concerns vis-à-vis Iran, it also may be part of a larger effort to reduce reported tensions between U.S. and Israeli leaders (see CRS Report R44245, Israel: Background and U.S. Relations In Brief). Ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's November 9 meeting with President Obama at the White House, speculation has increased over how to enhance bilateral security cooperation in order to deter Iran and its allies. During congressional consideration of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, the Obama Administration sought to assure lawmakers that the United States would increase its military assistance to Israel as the JCPOA is implemented. In letters to individual members, President Obama and Secretary Kerry each wrote that the Administration is prepared to 'further strengthen' the U.S. security relationship with Israel by continuing talks on a new 10-year aid agreement, increasing joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense funding, and accelerating research and development for tunnel detection and mapping technologies."

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CRS Insight, IN10387
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