Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan hosted Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi and Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer at the White House today to discuss a broad range of global and regional issues of mutual concern. Following up on the March U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group, they continued discussions on enhanced coordination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and ways to counter threats from Iran and its proxies. Mr. Sullivan reaffirmed the Administration’s goal of further enhancing Israel’s security and economic integration throughout the Middle East. Mr. Sullivan also stressed the need to take additional steps to improve the lives of Palestinians, critical to realizing a more peaceful, prosperous, and integrated region. Finally, Mr. Sullivan discussed our shared concern with Russia’s deepening military relationship with Iran, and the importance of supporting Ukraine in the defense of its territory and citizenry, including from Iranian drones.