ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Top US general in Mideast meets with Gallant and Halevi to discuss Iran, military cooperation

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

In this handout photo, US CENTCOM commander Michael Erik Kurilla meets with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (C) and IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2023. (Nicole Laskavi/Defense Ministry)
In this handout photo, US CENTCOM commander Michael Erik Kurilla meets with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (C) and IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2023. (Nicole Laskavi/Defense Ministry)

The chief of the United States Central Command, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, meets with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, and other military and defense officials.

According to a readout from the Defense Ministry, Gallant discussed with Kurilla “the Iranian terror activity throughout Middle East, including financing, training and the transfer of weapons to the terror organizations in Syria and Lebanon.”

The pair also discussed “the progress in the security-military coordination between Israel and the US, to prevent Iran from obtaining military nuclear weapons,” the statement says.

“Minister Gallant emphasized to General Kurilla the importance of continuing military, security and technological cooperation against the growing threats in the region,” the Defense Ministry says.

The meeting today at the defense minster’s office at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv is the fifth official meeting between Gallant and Kurilla.

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