26 August 2022

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and conferred on, inter alia, the “U.S. commitment to ensure Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon, and the need to counter threats from Iran and Iran-based proxies”. According to an Israeli readout, Gantz reaffirmed that “Israel opposes the nuclear agreement as was presented to relevant [U.S.] parties and emphasised several elements that are critical to the purpose of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon”. He further emphasised the “importance of maintaining and advancing operational capabilities for both defensive and offensive purposes in face of Iran’s nuclear program, as well as its regional aggression. This is regardless of the discussion surrounding the agreement”. Gantz also visited CENTCOM headquarters during his U.S. visit.

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