Austin Tells Gallant US-Israel ‘Security Bond’ Is ‘Unshakable’

The Israeli defense minister is in Washington to ensure continued US support for the massacre in Gaza

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Washington on Tuesday and declared the US-Israel military relationship is “unshakable” as the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza continues.

“Yoav, your security bond is — our security bond is unshakable. The United States is Israel’s closest friend, and that won’t change,” Austin said in remarks welcoming Gallant.

Austin also detailed his close coordination with Gallant since October. “You know, I’ve been to Israel twice since that awful day of October 7th, including just six days after Hamas assaulted your country. And we’ve spoken by phone nearly 40 times,” he said.

The purpose of Gallant’s trip was to ensure continued US support for Israel’s military and to ask for more weapons. Officials told CNN that he was expected to ask for more precision-guided munitions and F-35 and F-15 fighter jets.

“Today, we will discuss developments in Gaza and the means to achieve our goals: the destruction of Hamas organization and bringing back the Israeli hostages back home,” Gallant said.

Austin claimed the US was concerned about the massive civilian death toll in Gaza and the Israeli restrictions on aid. But unconditional US military support has continued despite the atrocities being committed.

The meeting came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled another planned delegation to Washington meant to discuss Israel’s plans to attack Rafah because the US didn’t veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for a Ramadan ceasefire in Gaza.

According to the Pentagon, Austin warned Gallant about an assault on Rafah, which is packed with 1.5 million Palestinians, during their private meeting. “The Secretary stressed that the United States and Israel have a moral imperative and a shared strategic interest in safeguarding civilians, noting that operations in Rafah should not proceed without a credible and implementable plan that ensures the safety of and humanitarian support for civilians sheltering there,” the Pentagon said.

Netanyahu and other Israeli officials have brushed off US concerns about Rafah and have repeatedly vowed they will launch an invasion of the city, which would incur a huge number of civilian casualties and disrupt aid shipments even more.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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