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Gantz speaks with Pentagon chief ahead of US House vote on Iron Dome funding

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 speaks with his American counterpart Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, thanking him for Washington’s military support ahead of a congressional vote on a proposal to supply Israel with Iron Dome interceptor missiles following May’s conflict in Gaza, which will cost the US roughly $1 billion.

“Defense Minister Gantz thanked the defense secretary for the continued support by the American administration and the Pentagon for Israel’s resupply and rearmament efforts in order to ensure its security,” Gantz’s office says.

Gantz’s spokesman says the two also discussed” the need to halt Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon” and the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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