Gallant heads to DC: Visit will focus on ‘preserving Israel’s qualitative edge’

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

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant issues a video statement from Ben Gurion Airport before flying to the US, March 24, 2024. (Screenshot: Elad Malka/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant issues a video statement from Ben Gurion Airport before flying to the US, March 24, 2024. (Screenshot: Elad Malka/Defense Ministry)

Before departing to Washington DC, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says his official visit will focus on “preserving Israel’s qualitative edge and the ways to achieve the common goal: Victory over Hamas and returning the hostages.”

“I am leaving for the United States, at the invitation of the American government for a very important trip, to meet with a series of senior American officials, including the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, the national security adviser and the head of the CIA,” Gallant says in a video statement from the tarmac.

“The trip will focus on preserving the qualitative edge of the State of Israel and its ability to obtain air platforms and munitions, but no less than that, the relationship with the United States and the common need to achieve the goals in Gaza, to defeat the Hamas organization, to return the hostages, and to establish what we need for Israel’s security, vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip first, but also vis-à-vis Lebanon,” he says.

“We will also deal with how we will return the residents of the north to their homes, either through military action or through an agreement,” Gallant continues.

“I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, the American government, my friend Lloyd Austin, for the invitation to come to the US at an important time, to preserve the special and important relationship for the two countries,” he adds.

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