Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will head to Washington Monday night to meet with his US counterpart Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
“They will discuss ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME), procurement, international policy regarding Iran, and preventing Tehran’s strengthening and entrenchment in the Middle East, as well as security cooperation between Israel and the United States,” Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was informed about the trip. In Gantz’s absence, Minister for Social and Civil Affairs at the Defense Ministry Michael Bitton will replace him, according to the paper.
Gantz will fly on a charter flight with a small team including the Chief of Staff of the Defense Ministry, his military secretary, and the head of the ministry’s political-security division.
Gantz and the team will arrive in Washington on Tuesday and return to the Zionist entity on Thursday morning.
The meeting comes as Jerusalem is set to demand from Washington compensation over the possible sale of advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates following the normalization of ties between the sides
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Gantz stressed that Tel Aviv will retain its qualitative military edge (QME) in the region despite any possible deals.
Source: Israeli media