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Gantz lands in US for talks on Iran, Gaza reconstruction and Hezbollah

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz, left, fist-bumps US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel on April 12, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz, left, fist-bumps US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel on April 12, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz lands in the United States ahead of meetings with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, his office says.

Gantz is due to discuss the emerging deal between Washington and Tehran regarding Iran’s nuclear program and the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and reconstruction efforts going forward, as well as concerns in Israel over the Hezbollah terror group’s growing brazenness, including cross-border incidents and repeated threats against Israel by Hezbollah officials in recent weeks.

Upon landing in the US, Gantz spoke by phone with Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid and Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett, congratulating the pair for brokering a coalition agreement, his office says.

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