Saturday, October 21st | 1 Heshvan 5778


Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

April 20, 2017 1:18 pm

US Defense Secretary Mattis Will Stop in Israel on Friday as Part of Week-Long Regional Tour

avatar by

Email a copy of "US Defense Secretary Mattis Will Stop in Israel on Friday as Part of Week-Long Regional Tour" to a friend

Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Photo: Monica King / US Department of Defense. – US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Friday.

Mattis’s first visit to the Jewish state in his capacity as defense secretary comes after his visits to Saudi Arabia and Egypt during a week-long tour of the Middle East.

The stated purpose of Mattis’s tour is to “reaffirm key US military alliances, engage with strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa, and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations,” the US Department of Defense said.

During his visit, Mattis will also meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the latter whom Mattis has already met on two prior occasions this year.

Related coverage

October 20, 2017 11:01 am

Japanese Firm Finalizes Record-Setting $1.1 Billion Acquisition of Israel’s NeuroDerm - Following announcements in July that Japan’s Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC) would acquire the Israeli pharmaceutical company NeuroDerm for...

In March, Lieberman called his American counterpart a true friend who was committed to Israel’s security, and told Mattis the US was essential to the process of removing “obstacles to stability in the Middle East.”

While in Israel on Friday, Mattis will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony in Jerusalem at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner