US President Barack Obama said Israeli officials had recognized the efficacy of last year’s nuclear deal with Iran, citing the backing of Jerusalem, among the accord’s staunchest critics, as he defended the agreement with Tehran and denied ‘nefarious’ motives in the transfer of money to the Islamic Republic.

Israeli defense officials are now behind the deal, Obama said at a Pentagon press conference, where he also continued to attack Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and admitted the so-called Islamic State remained a threat despite setbacks suffered by the terror group. CONTINUE