US Defense Secretary Condemns Hamas Attack on Israel

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III called his Israeli counterpart, Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, on Thursday to offer his condolences and support after a deadly terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel. The attack, which occurred on Wednesday, killed two Israeli-British citizens and an Italian tourist, and injured several others in Tel Aviv and the West Bank.

Secretary Austin conveyed his sympathy to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those who were wounded. He also reaffirmed the US’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and its absolute right to defend itself from acts of terrorism. He made clear that the US stands with the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli people in this difficult time.

Austin directs team to consult with allies and partners

Secretary Austin also instructed his team to ensure that the Department of Defense is closely consulting with all of its allies and partners who share a commitment to peace and oppose terrorism. He said that the US will continue to work with its friends and partners in the region and around the world to prevent further escalation and violence.

US Defense Secretary

Secretary Austin emphasized the importance of maintaining coordination and communication with Israel, especially in light of the recent rocket attacks from Lebanon and Gaza that targeted Israeli civilians. He said that the US will continue to support Israel’s efforts to protect its population from these threats.

Austin pledges to provide assistance to Israel

Secretary Austin also assured Minister Gallant that the US will continue to provide assistance to Israel in the coming days and weeks to ensure that it has the support it needs. He said that the US is committed to enhancing Israel’s qualitative military edge and ensuring its ability to defend itself by itself.

Secretary Austin also expressed his appreciation for the strong and enduring partnership between the US and Israel, which is based on shared values, interests, and goals. He said that he looks forward to working with Minister Gallant to further strengthen this alliance and advance regional stability and security.

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