Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman set for first visit to U.S. as defense minister



Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Credit: Michael Thaidigsmann via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Recently appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will depart Israel on Saturday night for his first visit to the United States as the head of the Israeli defense establishment.

While in the U.S., Lieberman will attend the rollout ceremony for Israel’s first F-35 stealth fighter plane at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The new plane is expected to arrive in Israel in December.

Lieberman’s trip is also set to include meetings with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. These meetings will likely focus on the ongoing talks between Israel and the U.S. on a new memorandum of understanding on security assistance. Lieberman is interested in finalizing a deal with the U.S. before the next American president takes office in January.

Posted on June 16, 2016 .