Austin Tells Gallant US-Israel ‘Security Bond’ Is ‘Unshakable’

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Washington on Tuesday and declared the US-Israel military relationship is “unshakable” as the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza continues.

“Yoav, your security bond is — our security bond is unshakable. The United States is Israel’s closest friend, and that won’t change,” Austin said in remarks welcoming Gallant.

Austin also detailed his close coordination with Gallant since October. “You know, I’ve been to Israel twice since that awful day of October 7th, including just six days after Hamas assaulted your country. And we’ve spoken by phone nearly 40 times,” he said.