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.

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