US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, speaking at a press conference with Netanyahu, says he decided to travel to Israel to “express our desire for earnest consultations with Israel, as we address shared challenges in the region.”
He affirms the Biden administration’s support for Israel’s security and qualitative military edge in the region.
“And so we discussed ways to deepen our longstanding defense relationship in the face of regional threats and other security challenges and I affirm the department’s support for our ongoing diplomatic efforts to normalize relations between Israel and Arab and Muslim-majority nations,” he says.
“I am confident that together we can chart a path toward enduring peace in this region and advance open and stable order — now, and in the years ahead,” says Austin.
He does not explicitly mention Iran in his remarks.