Maintaining ‘Unbreakable’ Ties: US-Israel Meeting Discusses Military Cooperation and Strengthening Israel’s Air Capacity

The urgency of alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza emphasized by US Secretary of Defense to Israeli counterpart

The bond between Israel and the United States is described as “unbreakable,” despite recent tensions. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin met with his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant to discuss military collaboration and strengthen Israel’s air capacity. Friction between the two allies due to pressure from the White House has strained their relationship, with Washington urging Israel to reduce the intensity of its offensive in Gaza to minimize civilian suffering.

In a measured tone, both ministers avoided discussing potential conditions on military aid to Israel. Gallant highlighted cooperation to enhance Israel’s military capabilities, including strengthening its aviation. The discussions also touched on plans to return displaced residents to their homes in border towns. Despite the tensions, Austin emphasized that the United States will always stand by Israel, its closest friend in the Middle East.

The meeting came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the US for abstaining from a UN Security Council vote and canceled a visit to Washington by top advisors. The United States has warned against a ground offensive in Gaza, urging for a ceasefire to prevent further chaos. The discussions also touched on plans to free hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

Blinken and Sullivan had previously discussed similar issues with Gallant before Austin arrived at their meeting, while Netanyahu’s advisers had planned similar discussions during their canceled trip earlier this year. As the two countries navigate these challenges, they remain committed to working together towards a peaceful resolution in Gaza and maintaining their long-standing bond between them.

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