US, Israel sign secret pact to tackle Iran

Elias Hubbard
December 29, 2017

An Israeli news report indicates that the U.S. and Israel have signed a secret accord to counter the growing threats from the Islamic Republic. The U.S. official said the document goal's was to translate President Trump's Iran speech to joint U.S. -Israeli strategic goals on Tehran and to set up a joint working plan. It also includes diplomatic steps outside of the nuclear deal to put more pressure on Iran.

He announced the shift in USA policy in a speech in which he detailed a more aggressive approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for militant groups in the Middle East.

Countering Iranian activity in the region, especially the Iranian entrenchment efforts in Syria and the Iranian support for Hezbollah and other terror groups. He also warns that the US government is trying to gather support for punishing Iran for its violation of limitations put on its ballistic missiles program and its "destabilizing activities in the region". -Israeli policy regarding the "day after" in the Syrian civil war.

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Citing both American and Israeli officials, the report said the document is created to translate into "steps on the ground" the positions set out by US President Donald Trump in his October 13 speech on Iran, in which he decertified the Iran nuclear deal.

The secret agreement was reportedly signed on December 12 at the White House following talks led by Israel's National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabat and US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

Elaborating on the details of the new U.S. approach towards Iran Mr. Tillerson writes "Part of this strategy entails rebuilding alliances with our partners in the Middle East, and in November we helped re-establish diplomatic ties between Iraq and Saudi Arabia".

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