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Gantz Holds Call US Counterpart to Discuss How to Halt Iran Nuclear Program

September 24, 2021

by: JNS

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz meeting with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

Friday, 24 September 2021 | Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz held a call with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday, said Gantz’s office in a statement.

The defense ministers “discussed regional developments, including the need to stop the Iranian nuclear program from advancing and US withdrawal from Afghanistan,” added the statement.

“Minister Gantz also thanked Secretary Austin for the continued support of the US administration and the Pentagon for the processes to equip Israel with the means necessary to defend itself and its citizens,” it said.

Gantz conducted a brief but intensive visit this summer to the United States, where he helped secure a restock of [US] $1 billion worth of Iron Dome interceptors, weeks after Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip fought an 11-day conflict that saw Palestinian terror factions firing more than 4,000 rockets at Israeli population centers.

The Iron Dome air-defense system intercepted some 90% of projectiles heading into built-up areas, according to Israeli military assessments.

Under an Israeli–American ten-year MOU [memorandum of understanding] signed in 2018, the United States contributes [US] $500 million a year towards Israel’s multi-layered defense systems.

Posted on September 24, 2021

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on September 23, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Benny Gantz/Twitter.com

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