Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was set to leave for the US on Sunday for a work visit, during which he will meet with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel.

Ya'alon is also expected to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Robert Menendez, senators and Jewish community leaders.

The defense minister will also visit the Lockheed Martin factory in Texas to examine the production of F-35 planes.

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