Kerry: 'Fight' Between Netanyahu and Obama Is Over

The U.S. secretary of state met with the Israeli prime minister on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss the military aid package Israel stands to receive from the U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21, 2016.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Thursday that "the fight's over" between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu met with Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, and discussed the impending military aid package Israel stands to receive from the U.S. 

Speaking to journalist Fareed Zakaria on stage at the economic conference, Netanyahu praised the aid the Obama administration has provided Israel, adding that U.S. defense aid to Israel is even more important following the Iran nuclear deal, under which Iran will receive $100 billion that can be used to buy weapons and fund terrorism in the region.

The International Atomic Energy Agency last week rule that Iran had abided by last July's deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program, spelling relief in sanctions. This, despite years of intensive Israeli lobbying for more comprehensive restrictions on Tehran, a campaign that strained the ties between Netanyahu and Obama.

Kerry said at a round table with reporters that he thinks Netanyahu has "recognized that the fight's over and we can move on."

"We have a very close relationship as a country, and I have a close personal relationship, and we’re working on dealing with the issues of the violence that exist in the country, tried to make sure Israel is secure," he said.

The secretary of state acknowledged that Iran could use some of the sanctions relief funds to support terror groups. But he further expressed confidence that "this will not result in an increase somehow in the threat to any partner or any friend in the region."