Pentagon chief meets Israel PM as Iran deal stokes tension

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on July 21, 2015US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday to try to ease tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, as the Israeli leader urged lawmakers in Washington to reject the hard-won agreement. The two men greeted each other with a long handshake before entering talks that lasted nearly two hours, making no public comment about the tensions over the nuclear accord that Netanyahu has harshly condemned. Iran is accused of supporting militants in the region, including Israeli enemies Hezbollah and Hamas, and Israel argues that the expected lifting of sanctions under the nuclear accord will allow it to boost help for such groups.

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