Gallant speaks with US counterpart Austin on terror attacks, rockets and Iran

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (left) greets US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at Ben Gurion Airport, March 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (left) greets US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at Ben Gurion Airport, March 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant spoke by phone this evening with his American counterpart, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, his office says.

“Gallant briefed Secretary Austin on the recent wave of terror attacks in Israel, and the missiles fired by Palestinian terror groups from both Gaza and Lebanese territory, with the backing of Iran,” a readout from Gallant’s office says.

“He detailed the ongoing efforts of the defense establishment to thwart terrorism and respond effectively to any threat toward Israeli citizens and troops,” the statement continues.

“Gallant also raised the defense establishment’s efforts to enable freedom of prayer at the Temple Mount, which is hijacked by groups of extreme rioters,” he says, referring to recent clashes between police and Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

“He concluded by thanking Secretary Austin for his friendship and partnership and solidarity with Israel’s right to defend itself,” the statement adds.

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