Gantz to head to US for security meetings at Pentagon

Defense Minister Benny Gantz will fly to the United States tonight for a “security meeting” with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, as well as discussions with other officials in the Pentagon, Gantz’s office says.

The meetings will likely focus on the proposed sale of F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates and the potential impact on Israel’s so-called qualitative military edge, its military superiority in the region, which the US is legally mandated to maintain.

Gantz will return to Israel on Friday, his office says.

Judah Ari Gross

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper,, right, with Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the Pentagon, Washington, September 22, 2020. (Shmulik Almani/Defense Ministry)