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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) greets U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter before their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.

America’s defense secretary says Israel’s security is a “top priority” for him.

That is what U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at their meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office this morning in Jerusalem.

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The meeting was a first stop of three in the region for the American cabinet secretary, and a first cabinet-level state visit to Israel for the Obama administration.

Carter arrived here Sunday night, and met yesterday (Monday, July 20) with his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

“Israel’s security and military edge are a top priority for America, our military, and for me,” the American defense secretary told reporters at a joint news conference.

Perhaps so — but the U.S. agreement with Iran in essence legitimizes the Islamic Republic as a nuclear “threshold state” according to senior Israeli defense officials.

The move also enables Iran to more easily finance and otherwise sponsor terror groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad – all of whom operate against Israel in venues around the world.

Carter began his visit to the region in Israel in an attempt to allay concerns over the nuclear deal reached with Tehran last week in Vienna.

He plans to continue on to Jordan and Saudi Arabia where he hopes to calm similar fears in both Sunni nations as well as address the ongoing operations against Da’esh (ISIS). A number of other state leaders involved in that effort will travel to Jordan to meet with Carter and Jordanian military officials about the issue.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely, positively, for sure and certainly, Israel security is a "Top Priority" for the Obama Administration. Believe that one and I have a bridge or two to sell you along with good ole swamp land. Is there anyone still out there who believes this line of crapola any more? Oh yes.. when is the Obama man going to make the secret annexes to his "deal" public? Answer is NEVER!

  2. "Top Priority", mein "toochis". Carter, is an employee of the Muslim in the WH. They are attempting to lull Israel asleep. Demand money for research on the Hetz missile. Demand several more Iron Dome batteries. Get off Israel's back on construction in Judea and Samaria and E.Jerusalem, where Jew's lived before 48.

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