Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday night raced off to Washington for an unscheduled and urgent pair of meetings with senior Trump Administration officials.
Israeli media has this morning been speculating heavily on the reason behind that trip.
The N12 news portal suggested that the Israeli government has grown fearful that Trump will lose the upcoming US presidential election, and is eager to address several issues before that happens.
Before departing, Gantz described his trip as an “important security mission,” and said he’d be meeting with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on matters that will impact Israel’s security for the next several years.
According to N12, the urgent matters that Israel wants to address before a possible transition of power in Washington include:
- Coordinating joint activities against Iran in the near future;
- Halting renewed cooperation between Iran and North Korea following the end of the arms embargo against the Islamic Republic;
- Defining US military aid in terms of maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East;
- Pushing for additional normalization deals with Arab states.
Earlier this week, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen was reportedly asked how a possible normalization deal with Saudi Arabia is progressing. It is widely rumored that the Trump White House is putting enormous pressure on Riyadh to make peace with Israel. And the Saudis appear to be willing, though Cohen said that they seem to be “waiting for the elections in the United States to give a gift to the president-elect.” Whoever that may be.