In latest call, Gallant briefs Austin on IDF preparations ahead of expected Gaza ground incursion

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant at a press conference on October 13, 2023. (screen capture)
US Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant at a press conference on October 13, 2023. (screen capture)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant holds another phone call with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to update him on the latest IDF efforts to restore security for Israeli citizens following the October 7 Hamas onslaught

Austin during the call stressed the importance of Israel allowing in humanitarian aid from Gaza and working to protect civilians during the fighting, the US readout says.

“The two leaders also discussed the United States’ continued provision of security assistance and reviewed actions the Department of Defense is taking to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war,” the readout adds.

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