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Israel Needs More US Security Aid After Iran Deal - Former Diplomat

© AFP 2021 / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L), German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier (2ndL), UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (7thL), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5thR), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4thR), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong (2ndR) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) wait before a meeting with 17 nations, the European Union and United Nations at the Hotel Imperial on October 30, 2015 in Vienna, Austria
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L), German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier (2ndL), UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (7thL), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5thR), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4thR), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong (2ndR) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) wait before a meeting with 17 nations, the European Union and United Nations at the Hotel Imperial on October 30, 2015 in Vienna, Austria - Sputnik International
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Israel is requesting additional security aid from the US because Iran is likely to use sanctions relief from the nuclear agreement to fund military capabilities, former Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission to the US Dan Arbell told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US and Israeli media have reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek an increase in American defense funding during his visit in Washington, DC this week.

"In the aftermath of the Iran deal, the Israeli argument is that Israel is much more threatened now," Arbell, a scholar-in-residence at American University, said. "That’s why Israel is requesting a greater sum."

The government of Israel, Arbell claimed, is probably thinking that once the sanctions against Iran are gradually lifted, Tehran is unlikely to allocate the increased funding in non-military areas of the budget.

"The Iranian government… doesn’t necessarily spend it on roads and education, but it goes to the Iranian defense establishment and from there it ends up with different allies of Iran in the region, like Hamas, like Islamic Jihad, like Hezbollah mainly, [and] the Assad regime," Arbell explained.

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The current US-Israeli military aid package, set to expire in 2017, provides Israel with $3.1 billion in aid annually. Netanyahu will reportedly be negotiating for $50 billion over the next ten years, a $1.9 billion increase in annual funding.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, comprising the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany, reached a comprehensive agreement on July 14 to ensure the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

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