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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant

Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder provided the following readout:

Today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant to continue consultations on Israel’s response to Hamas’ terrorist attack, following his visit to Israel yesterday. The Secretary underscored the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.  During the call he discussed the importance of adhering to the law of war, including civilian protection obligations, and addressing the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza while Israel continues its operations to restore security.  Finally, he discussed Hamas’ abhorrent taking of civilian hostages.

The Secretary provided updates on Department of Defense efforts to continue flowing air defense capabilities and munitions to the Israel Defense Forces.  He also reiterated that posture increases in the region are intended to make clear his commitment to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war.