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Gantz touts Israel’s ‘deep’ security ties with US after Iron Dome funding controversy

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at a press conference with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, on April 11, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at a press conference with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, on April 11, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz touts Israel’s security ties with the US, in his first apparent reference to $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system being pulled from a US government funding bill following pressure from progressive Democrats in the House.

“Our alliance with the United States is the product of deep ties between the security establishments, which are based on shared security interests and above all, shared values. This is how it was and this is how it will remain,” he says during a Sukkot event, according to a statement from his office.

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