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In Washington, Gantz all about US snapback sanctions on Iran

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz is in Washington today busily encouraging the administration to move ahead with its snapback sanctions move.
Benny Gantz (C), A former IDF Chief and the head of Israeli Resilience party speaks to supporters during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv. Israelis will vote in a parliamentary election on April 9, choosing among party lists of candidates to serve in the 121-seat Knesset

Despite the many pressing security issues at hand, Defense Minister Benny Gantz’ lightning US visit this week is intended primarily to “mark territory” in Israel's internal politics, as one of his associates puts it.

The status of Israeli leaders is determined to some extent in Washington. For Israeli defense ministers and prime ministers, the US capital is a necessary and particularly photogenic component in branding their leadership. Gantz’ tight schedule follows a familiar pattern, including a sit-down with his US counterpart Mark Esper.

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