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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 12:34 PM

Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' U.S. commitment to Israel

Source: NBC News/The Associated Press



Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's first talks in Israel come as the U.S. seeks to leverage Middle East diplomatic progress made by the Trump administration.

April 11, 2021, 12:16 PM EDT
By The Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at a tense time in Israeli politics and amid questions about the Biden administration's efforts to revive nuclear negotiations with Israel's archenemy, Iran.

Austin's first talks in Israel since he became Pentagon chief in January come as the United States seeks to leverage Middle East diplomatic progress made by the Trump administration, which brokered a deal normalizing relations between Israel and several Arab states.

After meeting with Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Tel Aviv, Austin said he had reaffirmed “our commitment to Israel is enduring and ironclad." Austin made no mention of Iran. Gantz, in his own remarks while standing beside Austin, said his country views the United States as a “full partner” against threats, “not the least, Iran.” Neither official took questions from reporters.

“The Tehran of today presents a strategic threat to international security, the entire Middle East and to the state of Israel,” Gantz said in his prepared statement. “We will work closely with our American allies to ensure that any new agreement with Iran will security the vital interests of the world and of the United States, prevent a dangerous arms race in our region and protect the state of Israel.”

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/pentagon-chief-declares-ironclad-u-s-commitment-israel-n1263753

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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 02:13 PM

1. Now, if only Israel had an ironclad commitment to the U.S.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 09:03 PM

2. Trying to Start a War?

Is somebody trying to start a war and sabotaging the nuclear agreement talks?

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