Israel signs defense deal with Japan

Israel signs defense deal with Japan

Israel continues to seek the right balance between the US and other Western countries on the one hand, and China, which has decided to support Russia, on the other. In this situation, Japan and Israel are interested in expanding cooperation in the field of defense.

Israel and Japan signed a bilateral defense agreement Tuesday to expand cooperation on military equipment and technology.

Israel signed defense agreement with Japan

This agreement is officially an extension of an earlier defense agreement and is intended to highlight the friendly relations between the countries, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz's trip to Japan followed his visit to United States, where he discussed the nuclear deal with Iran and other security issues.

Japan is now facing heightened tensions in the Pacific region following Nancy Pelosi's August visit to Taiwan as China claims the territories as its own. Since Pelosi's visit, Beijing has stepped up military exercises around Taiwan and launched missiles in waters close to Japan, disrupting the status quo and stability in the region.

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On Wednesday, Japan announced plans to increase its defense budget and develop longer-range missiles to counter threats from China and Russia.

In 2019, the an earlier defense agreement with Israel, which intends to help Japan advance its goal of achieving a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Gantz said the new agreement will “strengthen the defense capability of each country and also contribute to our joint contribution to peace and stability in our regions and around the world.”

The significance of this agreement for Israel cannot be overestimated, as the state continues to seek the right balance in relations between China, which decided to support Russia, as well as the United States and other Western countries.