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

The relationship between Israel and the United States has reached a critical juncture, but it is not at the brink of breaking point because their bond is “unbreakable,” as Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin stated after meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Yoav Gallant. The meeting took place just one day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the White House for allowing an immediate ceasefire resolution in Gaza, which was the first in six months of war. Netanyahu also canceled a visit to Washington by two of his advisors as a clear sign of anger over the situation in Gaza.

Gallant, on his second day of talks in the United States, discussed military collaboration and ways to strengthen the air capacity of the Israeli army with Austin. He also met with CIA Director William J. Burns, who participated in negotiations between Israel and Hamas in Doha last week. Friction between the two allies due to pressure from the White House has strained their bilateral relationship. Washington has been pushing Israel to reduce the intensity of its offensive on Gaza to minimize civilian casualties.

However, Austin emphasized that Israel has every right to defend itself and that the United States will always support it because their bond is unbreakable. The urgent relief of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza remains a priority for both countries, with Israel facing criticism for its actions while trying to secure its borders against terrorist attacks from Hamas. Both Gallant and Austin discussed threats to Israel and ways to address them, including destroying Hamas and securing hostage releases.

The Israeli Defense Minister’s meeting with his American counterpart came after Netanyahu’s criticism of the United States for abstaining from a UN Security Council vote earlier this year. Gallant also met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan during his trip to discuss important cooperation between

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