Obama, Netanyahu look past Iran deal


Members of Congress, experts and the Obama administration itself agree that President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repaired their fractured relationship during Netanyahu's visit to Washington last week, which will let the government show its support for Israel by negotiating a new defense aid package.

Talks stalled on a new 10-year defense deal during the fallout between Netanyahu and Obama over the U.S.-led agreement that Tehran struck with six world powers to curb its nuclear weapons program.

But both sides agreed that talks are back on track, and Washington is dispatching a delegation to Tel Aviv this week to begin hammering out details. Next month, the White House will host Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to discuss "a range of issues of common focus, including the unprecedented bilateral security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel," the White House stated.

Democrats who backed Obama on the nuclear agreement took tremendous heat from voters and Jewish organizations over the summer. Helping Obama seal a generous package, and vigorously and vocally supporting it, can help them mend fences with an important left-leaning voting bloc.

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