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Israel’s Defense Minister speaks with US Central Command Chief

Randy Mancini 17 Aug 27
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JANUARY 29: Benny Gantz a former head of the IDF and head of Israel resilience party speaks to supporters in a campaign event on January 29, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gantz was a General in the Israeli army and was made Chief of Staff in February 2011 until 2015. He launched the Israel Resilience Party last December to stand in the forthcoming 21st Knesset Elections that begin on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – JANUARY 29: Benny Gantz speaks to supporters in a campaign event on January 29, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Central Command Chief Michael Kurilla in Tampa, Florida. There, the two discussed strengthening cooperation against Iranian aggression and other security issues.

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— בני גנץ – Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) August 25, 2022

In a statement released after the meeting, the Israeli official said that both nations are well aware of the need to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon which would expedite its malign activities. Gantz also stressed the importance of continuing to work with other nations in the Middle East to deter Iran.

“Israel’s cooperation with CENTCOM and the countries of the region is a game changer for security, stability and peace in the region – particularly in facing Iran and its proxies,” Gantz said. “We will continue to deepen our cooperation, expand our activities against Iranian proxies, and make sure that Iran never gains a nuclear weapon.”

In a tweet from Wednesday, Gantz stated that the purpose of his trip to the US was to send a clear message that any nuclear deal with Iran will not restrain the country and that it will be dangerous to global security.

את הדהרה של איראן לגרעין חייבים להסיג לאחור משמעותית. את מימון השלוחים שלה באזור – צריך לנתק מצינור הריאל האיראני. אנחנו נדון בנושא עם האמריקאים, ולצד זאת, ישראל תמשיך לבנות את כוחה ואת יכולותיה – כדי שבכל מצב, תדע להגן על עצמה.

— בני גנץ – Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) August 24, 2022

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