Lieberman to Visit D.C. to Meet Trump Administration Officials

Defense chief scheduled to hold meetings with Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis and State Secretary Rex Tillerson.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, February 27, 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will board a flight to the United States on Monday night for a meeting with officials in the Trump administration.

The defense chief is scheduled to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, his American counterpart Gen. James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior figures.

After meeting with Mattis in Munich two weeks ago, Lieberman said he was happy to encounter "a true friend of Israel who is committed to Israel's security."

In their meeting, which is slated for Tuesday, the two intend to discuss Israel's security challenges in the Middle East, including Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other issues, a statement issued by the Defense Ministry said.

Earlier on Monday, Lieberman warned lawmakers against annexing the West Bank. Israel, he said, has received a "direct message" from the U.S. that a decision to impose Israeli law on the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis with the new administration" in the United States.