Ash Carter: Military option still on table with Iran


U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 does not prevent Washington from using military force against Iran if it deems a military option necessary.

Carter made the remarks before arriving in Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli leaders who have been angered by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1. But Carter made it clear that his visit is not to stop Israel’s opposition to the nuclear deal but rather aimed at deepening military ties between the two nations.

Washington and Jerusalem have been discussing the renewal of a 10-year pact that grants Israel some 3 billion dollars annually in military aid from the US. The deal will expire in 2018.

Car bombs rock Gaza

Gaza blasts

Five nearly simultaneous car bombs rocked Gaza. The targets: leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It was not immediately clear who was responsible. But there was some speculation that affiliates of ISIS may be to blame. However, there has been internal political division within Gaza of late. No one was seriously injured by the attacks that occurred over a 15 minute period and targeted parked, unoccupied vehicles.

Israel’s defense minister blasts Iran deal

The agreement with Iran will endanger world peace. So argues Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. His comments made during an army graduation ceremony. Ya’alon arguing the permanent five members of the UN Security Council and Germany ignored Iran’s history of exportation of terrorism. And that the West mistakenly trusts Iran. President Obama argues the deal is based on verification – not trust.

5 Palestinians arrested in Israeli’s murder

Five Palestinians are in custody. Charged in the murder last month of an Israeli in the West Bank. The accused trigerman, identified by Shin Bet as Mohammed Abu Shaheen, is said to have ties to an armed group linked to Fatah. Fatah is the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The victim was not a settler but a hiker, 25-year-old Danny Gonen.