U.S. will continue to consult with Israel during Iran negotiations
Kerry made the remarks during a press briefing on Friday at the Ben Gurion International Airport just outside of Tel Aviv, Israel. Kerry said the U.S. commitment to Israel's security is of paramount importance during negotiations with Iran. He noted the similarities between U.S. and Israeli interests with respect to Iran.
"The fact remains that both the United States and Israel have the same priority with respect to Iran," Kerry said. "We are laser-focused on preventing the Iranians from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The United States firmly believes that the P5+1 first-step agreement not only makes Israel more secure than it was the day before that agreement, but we believe it will take us closer to a lasting, peaceful, and comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program."
Kerry said the negotiations represent the best opportunity to resolve the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear program. He pledged to work closely with Israel and other U.S. allies to ensure the success of a deal with Iran.
"I pledge this, as President Obama has: As we proceed forward in this negotiation, we will continue to consult very closely with Israel as the negotiations resume as well as with our other friends and allies in the region and around the world, because that input is critical to us in the process," Kerry said.
Yossi Cohen, the security advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will travel to the U.S. this week to discuss Iran and other issues with his U.S. counterparts.