Gallant tells US defense chief Austin: Israel is prepared for ‘prolonged campaign’ in Gaza

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (R) and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin deliver a statement to the press at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) headquarters near the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, March 9, 2023. (GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (R) and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin deliver a statement to the press at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) headquarters near the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, March 9, 2023. (GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks to his US counterpart Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the ongoing Gaza operation, Gallant’s office says.

According to the Israel readout, the pair “discussed recent security developments in Israel, including 400 rockets fired” toward Israel today.

Gallant also tells Austin about the successful assassination of three senior Islamic Jihad officials in Gaza yesterday, and noted “the IDF’s readiness for every operational scenario, including a prolonged campaign and multi-front challenges.”

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