Wed. Jun 19th, 2024
The urgency of alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza emphasized by US Secretary of Defense to Israeli counterpart

The relationship between Israel and the United States may have reached a turning point, but not a breaking point, as their bond is described as “unbreakable.” During a recent meeting with Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin and Gallant discussed military collaboration and strengthening Israel’s air capacity. Friction between the two allies due to pressure from the White House has strained their relationship, with Washington urging Israel to reduce the intensity of its offensive in Gaza to minimize civilian suffering.

Despite the tensions, Austin emphasized that the United States will always stand by Israel, its closest friend in the Middle East. The urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, exacerbated by a ground blockade of aid convoys, was a pressing issue in their discussions. While Gallant focused on threats to Israel, including the destruction of Hamas and securing the release of hostages, both ministers were cautious in their statements.

The meeting between the defense ministers came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the US for abstaining from a UN Security Council vote and canceled a visit to Washington by top advisors. The United States has warned against a ground offensive in Gaza, urging for a ceasefire to prevent further chaos. The discussions also touched on plans to return displaced residents to their homes in border towns.

In contrast to previous discussions on potential conditions on military aid to Israel, both ministers refrained from discussing such issues during this meeting. Instead, they focused on cooperation and strengthening Israel’s military capabilities, including enhancing its aviation capabilities. The then-canceled trip of Netanyahu’s advisers would have included similar discussions as they navigated the challenges of their relationship.

While tensions remain high between Israel and its closest ally, both sides recognize that their unbreakable bond must be maintained for security purposes.

By Aiden Nguyen

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