Israel-Gaza War, US-Israel Relations

Gallant's visit to the US will focus on preserving Israel's "qualitative military edge"

The Defense Minister said his visit to the United States will be aimed at ensuring Israel has the equipment it needs to complete its tasks in Gaza and Lebanon as well as maintain the relationship with the US.

Defense Minister Gallant. (Photo: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The Defense Minister announced today (Sunday) that his visit to the United States is meant to ensure Israel maintains its qualitative military edge and has the equipment needed to assure Israel's aims in Gaza and Lebanon, as well as maintain relations with the US.

As Gallant said: “This visit will focus on preserving the qualitative military edge (QME) of the State of Israel, our ability to obtain platforms and munitions, our critical ties with the United States, and the importance of achieving our goals in Gaza – namely defeating the Hamas [terrorist] organization, returning the hostages [home] and ensuring Israel’s security needs as these relate to the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.”

“We will also discuss the need to return Israel’s northern communities to their homes – whether this is achieved via military action or via agreement.”

“I would like to express my deep appreciation to the US government and to my friend Secretary Lloyd Austin, for their invitation to the United States during such an important time, in order to preserve the special and important relationship for both our countries.”

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