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US, Israel sign secret pact to tackle Iran nuclear and missile threat
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Report: US, Israel sign secret pact to tackle Iran nuclear and missile threat
'Dramatic understandings' were agreed at the White House on December 12, and deal signed by the two countries' national security chiefs, Channel 10 say
By TOI STAFF
28 December 2017, 8:58 pm 17
Israel and the United States have secretly signed a far-reaching joint memorandum of understanding providing for full cooperation to deal with Iran’s nuclear drive, its missile programs and its other threatening activities, an Israeli TV report said.
The document was signed on December 12 at the White House, culminating intensive talks between representatives of the major Israeli and American intelligence and defense hierarchies, headed by the US and Israeli national security advisers, H. R. McMaster and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, the Channel 10 report said Thursday.
Citing both American and Israeli officials, the report said the document is designed to translate into “steps on the ground” the positions set out by US President Donald Trump in his October 13 speech on Iran, in which he decertified the Iran nuclear deal.
At what the TV report described as a “secret” meeting at the White House, the US and Israel formulated and signed a joint agreement on strategy and policy regarding Iran. Specifically, they agreed to set up joint teams to handle various aspects of the Iranian threat.
One such joint team, the report said, will deal with Iranian activity in Syria and Tehran’s support for the Hezbollah terror organization.
Another joint team will deal with both diplomatic and intelligence activities designed to grapple with Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions.
A third joint team, it was reportedly agreed, would grapple with Iran’s ballistic missile program and its efforts to build accurate missile systems in Syria and Lebanon.
Finally, a fourth team would oversee preparation for any escalation by Iran and/or Hezbollah.
National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat. (Amos Ben Gerschom/GPO)
McMaster and Ben-Shabbat signed the joint document, the TV report said, quoting a “senior US government” source and “senior Israeli officials.”
Quoting the Israeli officials, Channel 10 said that the meeting confirmed that the US and Israel “see eye to eye on the trends and processes in the region,” and have now reached agreement on the strategy and policy required to deal with them.
“With all due respect to President Trump’s [December 6] declaration on Jerusalem [as the capital of Israel]” Channel 10 reporter Barak Ravid said, the December 12 “dramatic understandings” would have “a far greater impact on the security of Israel’s citizens.”
In a speech on October 13, Trump announced he would not recertify the Iranian nuclear deal, and outlined a new, tougher approach toward Tehran.
Trump said he was launching the new strategy to check Iran’s “fanatical regime” and warned that 2015’s landmark international nuclear deal could be terminated at any time.
Trump stopped short of withdrawing from the accord, but “decertified” his support for the agreement and left its fate in the hands of Congress.
“We cannot and will not make this certification,” he said. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.”
In addition, outlining the results of a review of efforts to counter “aggression” by Tehran and its proxies in a series of Middle East conflicts, Trump ordered tougher sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and on its ballistic missile program.
Trump said the agreement, which defenders say was only ever meant to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, had failed to address Iranian subversion in the region and its illegal missile program.
The US president said he supported efforts in Congress to work on new measures to address those threats without immediately torpedoing the broader deal.
“However, in the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated,” Trump said in a televised address from the Diplomatic Room of the White House. “It is under continuous review and our participation can be canceled by me as president at any time,” he warned.
He added later, speaking of Congress, “They may come back with something that’s very satisfactory to me, and if they don’t, within a very short period of time, I’ll terminate the deal.”
Trump accused the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama of lifting sanctions on Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear accord “just before” they could cripple the regime and bring it to collapse.
“The Iran deal is one of the worst and one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” he said. “In just a few years, as key restrictions disappear, Iran can sprint toward nuclear weapons breakout… What is the purpose of a deal that, at best, only delays [Iranian nuclear ambitions]?“ he asked.
Trump said he planned to ensure “Iran never — and I mean never — acquires a nuclear weapon.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Netanyahu was a fierce opponent of the Iran deal before it was ratified in the US, even traveling to Washington to urge Congress to reject it in a controversial speech. Obama, however, insisted that the agreement would benefit Israel as well as the rest of the region, and touted the accord as one of his administration’s signature foreign policy achievements.
Will Day · CSUC Chico
I like the Idea. The US has a missile tracking and the milliles to take Iranian nukes down. Israel and the US THADD and IRON DOME. There is more but it is secret.
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Imagine how very different the U.S. - Israeli relationship would look had Ms. Clinton as President continued the Obama pro-Iranian courtship. That Jews in America continue to criticize President Trump is just so astonishing. Considering their avowed “support” for Israel.
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Shooosh it's secret, don't tell anyone else!
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Meanwhile the police in various European countries are afraid for their lives to enter neighborhoods in their own countries. Their media and many of their leaders feed the police and public that such fear is just a phobia, a figment of their imagination and any reality is their own fault.
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Sheila Ramon · Works at Self-employed
While we're at it, how's about lending a hand to the Iranians who are currently rising up against the current regime?
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How can we help it is a violent feudal society governed by 'religious' lunatics and Muslim murderers -what's new? They only understand ONE thing sher brute force and violence. Everything has been in place from the USA and Irael to blow their nuclear plants out of existence. Every millimetre has been mapped by satelites and drones etc. for years.
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All I can say is G-d bless Trump
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Kenneth Felton · McMinnville, Tennessee
How can it be secret if you broadcast it to our enemy Iran? Is that your intent? To help Iran destroy Israel?
Like · Reply · 2 · Dec 28, 2017 2:57pm
Matthew Reid · Saint Petersburg, Florida
Rules for news media writers/presenters:
#1. Write and behave as if you have no intelligence - because you have none.
#2. You have no intelligence, so no other rules matter.
Like · Reply · 1 · Dec 28, 2017 4:15pm
Edward Bowman · University of Westminster
MAD is a system whereby both sides realise that a nuclear war would be totally destructive, but this system is based on LOGIC. However, religion is based on belief rather than logic, therefore no treaty would work with a theocracy like Iran
Like · Reply · 4 · Dec 28, 2017 2:49pm
Most Westerners think all Iranians believe that ridiculous "Twelver" mythology, but that's not the case -- it's mainly just the leaders who believe it. Take away the leadership and the scale is balanced again. Logically, that's the only way.
Like · Reply · 2 · Dec 28, 2017 3:01pm
Mike Broster · Manchester, United Kingdom
Last time i checked it would be the leaders that press the button... 🤔
Like · Reply · 1 · Dec 28, 2017 3:15pm
Yoni Rosenfeld · University of Rochester
Suzanne Baruch dont kid yourself. when Khomeny took over Iran the imams and mullahs took control and for the past 50 years they have been indoctrinating the population. there is only a very small percentage that are not thinking the same as the Khomeni. they are Shia and very religious.
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On December 12 -20177 the iranian Ayatollah & he's servant Hussein Obama Agreement to Tackle Israel Existence Ended.
Like · Reply · 1 · Dec 28, 2017 1:06pm
Jeremy Adam Wlaszek Walt · Director Sales and Marketing at Jonmax Ethnic Hair Care Products CC t/a Jabula Hair
Iran - kaput!!
Like · Reply · 1 · Dec 28, 2017 12:59pm
Good thing it's a secret. Just between you and me.
Like · Reply · 4 · Dec 28, 2017 12:44pm
Last edited by WABA; 12-30-2017 at 12:26 AM..