US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin kicks off his two-day go to in Israel with a gathering together with his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, at army headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Following the assembly, Gantz says the 2 had mentioned the risk posed to Israel by Iran and its nuclear program, in addition to plans to make sure the Jewish state’s army superiority within the area.
Austin is the primary member of US President Joe Biden’s administration to pay an official go to to Israel, and that is the primary official go to to the Jewish state by an American secretary of protection since 2017. This can be the primary official go to by a overseas dignitary to Israel’s protection headquarters, often known as the Kirya, because the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“During our conversations I emphasized to Secretary Austin that Israel views the United States as a full partner across all operational theaters, not least — Iran,” Gantz says.
“We will work closely with our American allies to ensure that any new agreement with Iran will secure the vital interests of the world and the United States, prevent a dangerous arms race in our region, and protect the State of Israel,” he says.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Defense Minister Gantz, IDF Chief of Staff Kohavi, and MoD Director Amir Eshel within the IDF HQ in Tel Aviv pic.twitter.com/qPaua9qpxI
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Austin refrains from addressing the Iranian situation instantly in his official remarks, merely saying that he and Gantz had mentioned “regional security challenges.”
“I was tremendously pleased on our discussion of a number of security issues which are important to our two countries,” Austin says.
“I appreciated hearing Minister Gantz’s perspectives about the challenges in this region,” he provides.
The assembly comes amid ongoing talks in Vienna concerning a return to the 2015 nuclear deal by each Iran and the United States, a transfer that’s staunchly opposed by Israel, significantly by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli protection analysts have warned that there’s a rising rift between Jerusalem and Washington on the difficulty of Iran and its nuclear program, which can have vital ramifications on Israel’s safety.
The two protection chiefs say they mentioned making certain Israel’s so-called qualitative army edge, or QME, a technical time period referring to the nation’s army superiority within the area, which the United States is legally obligated to take care of. Austin additionally burdened the shut ties between US and Israel, regardless of the obvious tensions between the international locations over the Iran nuclear situation.
“I reaffirmed to Minister Gantz: Our commitment to Israel is enduring and it is ironclad, and I pledged to ensure close consultation to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge and to strengthen Israel’s security,” Austin says.