Iran, Syria at forefront of Gantz talks in US (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 03/21/12)
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IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz met with his US counterpart,
Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, in
Washington on Tuesday.
The two military chiefs spent most of their meeting discussing the
Iranian threat, as well as developments in Syria.
“Regular and candid dialogue is critical as we face common threats
and challenges,” Dempsey wrote on his Facebook page following the
During the meeting, Gantz presented Dempsy with the most up-to-date
evaluation on Middle Eastern security issues, the IDF spokesman said,
without going into further details.
The visit is Gantz’s first official trip to the US. He has met with
senior White House officials and US defense figures in recent days.
The meeting came amid continued reports that the US is seeking to
convince Israel to freeze plans to strike Iran’s nuclear program.
Despite the reports, both Israeli and American leaders say
cooperation between Jerusalem and Washington on defense has never
Gantz began his visit in Canada, where he met his Canadian
Walt Natynczyk, for an extensive meeting on global security issues.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that a nuclear Iran
posed a grave danger to the future of the Middle East, the security
of the State of Israel, and “the economic and security stability” of
the whole world on Tuesday.
He made the comments in Berlin during talks with his German
counterpart, Thomas de Maizičre.
In addition to the Iranian threat, the two discussed events in Syria.
Barak said that the “slaughter in Syria is a pattern of action that
must be rejected and stopped immediately, both by the international
community and the Arab community.”
Barak also met with the German finance minister, and is schedule to
meet with the country’s foreign minister on Wednesday. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 03/21/12)
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