Austin speaks with Israeli Minister of Defense Gantz

F.P. Report

WASHINGTON: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke on Thursday with Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin “Benny” Gantz. 

Secretary Austin welcomed the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to agree to a ceasefire, and shared Minister Gantz’s hope that there will be a complete restoration of calm.  Both parties agreed on the importance of Israel having the capabilities it needs to defend itself from rocket and missile attacks.