, Dec 10 () –
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday to discuss a variety of regional and security issues, especially “regional aggression” and Iran’s nuclear program. .
Gantz has met at the Pentagon with the Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin, with whom he has discussed the challenges and opportunities in the region, especially the Iranian nuclear program and its “regional aggression”, according to the newspaper ‘The Times of Israel ‘.
“In its aspirations to become a hegemon, Iran seeks to destroy all traces of freedom, human dignity and peace in the Middle East and beyond. The nuclear program is a means to achieve its hegemonic goals,” he said.
For his part, Austin shared “Israel’s deep concerns about the Iranian government’s destabilizing actions, including its support for terrorism and its missile program, and its alarming nuclear advances.”
“The president (of the United States, Joe Biden) has made it clear that if policy fails, we are prepared to resort to other options,” the Pentagon chief has warned.
With regard to defense issues, Gantz already stressed at the end of November the importance of increasing its military capacity amid political tensions with its neighbor Iran, from which a nuclear movement fears: “Our other obligation is to have a robust military force. That is why I have ordered that our capacities be increased in parallel with the dialogue with the allies. “
The United States and Israel have held talks on several occasions on the Iranian issue, although the US president prefers a diplomatic solution, something Israel has said “to have doubts” given the current conditions.
On the other hand, the Israeli minister also spoke with Secretary Blinken, with whom he discussed concerns about Tehran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The head of US diplomacy has reiterated at the meeting that “Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in safety and enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity and democracy,” according to the spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, while Blinken has highlighted in their social networks the “fruitful meeting”.
For his part, Gantz has stressed in a message on his social networks that “they thank the United States for its commitment to the security and prosperity of Israel.” The Israeli leader has also communicated to Blinken “opportunities to develop the region, strengthen relations with Egypt and Jordan and build trust with our Palestinian neighbors.”