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Defense minister, IDF chief talk Iran with visiting White House official Sullivan

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Left to right: IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, at a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on January 19, 2023. (Miri Shimonovich/GPO)
Left to right: IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, at a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on January 19, 2023. (Miri Shimonovich/GPO)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, IDF chief Herzi Halevi and other senior defense officials sit down at the Prime Minister’s Office with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan for a meeting focused on Iran, the Defense Ministry says.

“The focus of the meeting was the regional and global threat posed by Iran’s activities, with an emphasis on the work to achieve nuclear capabilities and the importance of preparing a response to this threat, alongside harnessing the international community,” the Defense Ministry says in a statement.

The ministry says Gallant thanked Sullivan for “the US administration’s commitment to Israel’s security.”

Also participating in the meeting were Maj. Gen. Tal Kelman, the military official in charge of Iran affairs; Eyal Zamir, the ministry’s incoming director general; Dror Shalom, who heads the ministry’s Political-Military Bureau; Mike Herzog, the Israeli ambassador to the US; and his counterpart, Tom Nides, the US ambassador to Israel.

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