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Defense minister Gantz speaks with US counterpart, after government formed

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks to his American counterpart, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, after being sworn in again following the formation of a new Israeli government.

“I greatly look forward to continuing the paramount work alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin to protect the steadfast alliance between Israel and the US, the stability of the Middle East, and the safety of our peoples,” Gantz says after the call.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosts an honor cordon welcoming Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the Pentagon in Washington on June 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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