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Israeli defense minister’s urgent US visit amid Gaza conflict

Israeli defense minister's urgent US visit amid Gaza conflict U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) listens to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (L) speak at the Israeli Defense Ministry, Kirya, in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 16, 2023. (Reuters Photo)
By Anadolu Agency
Jun 23, 2024 7:50 PM

The controversy surrounding the delivery of weapons from the U.S. to Israel continues to escalate, with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visiting Washington on Sunday to address the issue amid strained relations.

Gallant’s official meetings in the U.S., including with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, focused on Israel’s military operations in Gaza, tensions on its northern border with Hezbollah, prisoner releases in Gaza, and broader U.S.-Israel cooperation.

3rd stage of operations

Before departing Israel, Gallant stressed the critical importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, particularly in light of what he termed the “third stage” of Israel’s operations in Gaza. These discussions were deemed pivotal for shaping the future of the conflict in Gaza.

The controversy deepened following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims of a significant decline in U.S. weapon shipments to Israel, alleging that a substantial portion of the weapons ordered had not arrived. Netanyahu’s accusations were made during a cabinet meeting and further publicized in a video where he accused the U.S. of withholding shipments.

US committed to Israel’s security

In response, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Mathew Miller reaffirmed the U.S.’ commitment to Israel’s security during a press briefing. Miller emphasized that Secretary Blinken had directly assured Netanyahu of this commitment in their recent meeting. He cautioned against public disputes, asserting that ongoing support for Israel, aside from one shipment, continues as normal. Miller expressed confusion over Netanyahu’s claims of “obstacles” and urged that U.S. actions since Oct. 7 speak for themselves in demonstrating the truth of its commitments.

Last Updated:  Jun 24, 2024 9:15 AM