U.S Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a bid to defuse tensions after a landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter held a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday (July 21), a week after a landmark agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, which left Israeli officials fuming. Carter, making the first visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Israel since the Iran deal, aims to move away from political tensions over the accord to more cool-headed, nuts-and-bolts discussions on deepening security ties. Increased U.S. military-related support is expected to be on the table. But Israeli and U.S. officials have played down the prospects of any looming announcements. Carter's mission will not be an easy one. The United States and Israel fundamentally differ on whether the Iran nuclear deal makes both countries safer. President Barack Obama says it does; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it does not. Israel fears that Tehran's economic gains from a lifting of Western sanctions could boost Iranian-backed guerrillas in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. It could also lead to an arms race with Arab states unfriendly to Israel. After Israel, Carter will head this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Iran is the predominant Shi'ite Muslim power, hostile not only to Israel but to Washington's Sunni Muslim-ruled Arab friends, particularly Saudi Arabia.