Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will take off for the US on Sunday evening, where
he is due to meet with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
chiefs will discuss Iran, Syria and the situation in Lebanon, as they have done
regularly over the past year, among other issues.
Ya’alon will also meet
with UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon, Sen. Robert Menandez, chairman of the
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and the heads of Jewish
Later, he will visit a Lockheed Martin production center in
Texas and inspect the F-35 fifth-generation multirole fighter jet, which is due
to come into service for the Israel Air Force in 2015.
view the F- 35 as a guarantee of Israel’s regional qualitative edge, and have
remained committed to the project despite the technical difficulties that have
plagued the aircraft’s development in recent years.
The air force will
form a squadron of F-35s at the Nevatim Airbase southeast of Beersheba, which
currently houses F-16 squadrons and C-130 Hercules transport planes.