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Gantz to US counterpart: Israel ‘doing everything possible’ to avoid hitting non-combatants

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks by phone with his American counterpart Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin amid the ongoing fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Gantz’s office says he thanked Austin for the US administration’s backing of Israel’s right to defend itself.

“Gantz stressed to Austin that Israel is doing everything possible to refrain from harming the uninvolved and its goal is to achieve long-term calm vis-a-vis the [Hamas] terror group which aims to harm population centers,” it says in a statement.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz, left, fist-bumps US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel on April 12, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
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