Live UpdateFrom the Liveblog of Thursday, March 9, 2023
Gallant meets US defense chief at airport amid anti-overhaul protests
Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant greets his American counterpart, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, at Ben Gurion Airport ahead of a meeting.
The pair will hold a meeting and issue a statement to the press from the nearby Israel Aerospace Industries headquarters. They will not leave the airport area due to ongoing mass protests against the government’s judicial overhaul.
Protesters are blocking the entrance to the airport, as well as other main roads across the country.