A senior U.S. security official said that during the visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to Israel last week, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and other senior Israeli officials expressed opposition to the sale of advanced weapon systems to Gulf states in the wake of the nuclear deal with Iran.
“There were some key capabilities that the Israelis rather the Gulf States not have – they raised it with us during the trip and we hear them openly on this,” said the official, who was involved in the details of Carter’s visit, in a briefing with the Israeli diplomatic correspondents association delegation on Washington. “It is a discussion that started before the Iran deal.”
After the declaration of the framework agreement between Iran and the world powers in Lausanne in April, U.S. President Barack Obama invited leaders of the Gulf states to a summit at Camp David to discuss, among other things, increased American defense aid. […]