U.S. defense chief Ash Carter is headed to Israel to assess its security needs in the aftermath of last week's historic international nuclear deal with Iran.
The secretary of defense is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has called the accord to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon a "historic mistake" and is calling for its rejection in the U.S. Congress.
Carter said in advance of the trip he has no intention of trying to reverse Netanyahu's opposition to the pact, but hopes to strengthen U.S.-Israeli military cooperation.
Carter is also meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and Israeli generals, visiting troops in northern Israel, as they consider ongoing regional threats to the country's security and the U.S. sale of advanced weaponry to Persian Gulf Arab states. READ MORE OF THIS STORY