Some of the details of a proposed military aid package to compensate Israel for the Iran deal have emerged.
A letter to U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) from President Barack Obama promised to increase American aid for the development of new anti-missile systems and tunnel detection technologies, according to a report in The New York Times on Friday.
“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,” the president said in the missive.
He also pledged to increase cooperation with Israel and its Arab neighbors to fight Iran’s aggressive activity in the region, specifically Tehran’s funding of the Houthis in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon and the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Obama also offered reassurance that the U.S. will give Israel unprecedented access to American weaponry, to preserve its strategic military advantage in the region, a growing concern as Washington makes more advanced military hardware available to Saudi Arabia.