Netanyahu tells Austin that US and Israel share goal of ‘expanding circle of peace’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at Ben Gurion Airport on March 9, 2023. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at Ben Gurion Airport on March 9, 2023. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

At the start of his meeting with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the US and Israel “have a shared agenda — to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon, to stop Iranian aggression, to protect regional security and prosperity, and to expand the circle of peace.”

Netanyahu is joined by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi, Chief of Staff Tzachi Braverman, Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and Military Secretary Avi Gil.

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