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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin "Benny" Gantz

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout:

Today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin “Benny” Gantz about regional security challenges and Israel’s defense requirements.  

Secretary Austin conveyed the Biden Administration’s support for replenishing the Iron Dome Defense System.  

Secretary Austin and Minister Gantz also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and committed to continue cooperating closely on regional security.