US defence secretary in Israel for talks on 'military edge' following UAE F-35 jet sales
US defence secretary in Israel for talks on 'military edge' following UAE F-35 jet sales

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper held talks in Israel on Thursday to discuss its regional military advantage after Israel normalised ties with three Arab countries.Esper met Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz and senior military officials during the brief visit, which comes a week after the two defence ministers met in Washington.At Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Esper was given a presentation on Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system, an AFP journalist reported. The US army is buying two Iron Dome batteries for around $300 million.A source familiar with the meeting, who requested anonymi…

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