Defense Minister Benny Gantz was welcomed on Tuesday in an official ceremony at the Pentagon, after which he met with US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper.

In their meeting, Gantz expressed his appreciation to Secretary Esper and the American government for their efforts to achieve normalization and stability in the Middle East, and discussed measures for confronting Iranian aggression.

The two further discussed the importance of ensuring Israel’s military edge and the avenues to maintain it and reviewed additional regional opportunities and potential defense collaborations.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Gantz met senior advisor to the US President, Jared Kushner, at the White House.

Gantz opened the meeting with remarks expressing gratitude for the exceptional efforts and achievements on the part of Kushner and the American government in advancing peace and stability in the Middle East, culminating in the Abraham Accords.

The two discussed "avenues for jointly furthering additional accords as an instrument for ensuring regional stability and protecting Israel’s security, while maintaining Israel’s qualitative edge throughout the process." Read more at Arutz-7