May 19, 2021
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin "Benny" Gantz
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke today with Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin "Benny" Gantz. Secretary Austin underscored his continued support for Israel's right to defend itself, reviewed assessments of Israel's military campaign in Gaza, and urged de-escalation of the conflict.
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