Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrived at the Pentagon for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East. (Sept. 22)
MARK ESPER: Most importantly, though the bonds of friendship between our peoples are deep and unshakable, and I know today we aim to build on those things. Across that long history, though, the defense relationship between the United States and Israel has never been stronger, and we intend to keep it that way. I know we have a lot to cover today, but I do want to say upfront for everyone that a cornerstone of our defense relationship is preserving Israel's qualitative military edge in the region. The United States is committed to that, and the Department of Defense is committed to that imperative.
BENNY GANTZ: The Middle East is an unstable one, region. I think the only stable place within it is the state of Israel, or one of the most stable places in the Middle East. And as I always say, we have no other United States, nor do you have any other Israel. We will make sure together to keep those bonds active and close to one another. We always say that it is in our more interest to share with you anything we can possibly share.