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Lloyd Austin

US Defense Secretary: US Will Remain Israel’s Closest Friend in the World

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday, December 2, that the US would “remain Israel’s closest friend in the world”. Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Austin said that six days after the Hamas attack on October 7, “I flew to Israel to underscore our solidarity and our resolve—and to make it crystal-clear that America’s commitment to Israel’s security is ironclad.”

“And so we have rushed US security assistance to Israel to help it defend its people and its territory—and to help ensure that Hamas can never again commit the atrocities that we saw on October 7th,” he added.

“US leadership has helped in the release of dozens of hostages. And we will continue to do everything that we can to help secure the release of every man, every woman, and every child seized by Hamas.”

He warned Iran in the wake of the repeated attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria, which the US has responded to by striking facilities in Iraq and eastern Syria used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and by Iran-affiliated militias.

Noting that “Israel is in a hard fight against a cruel enemy, in one of the most densely populated areas on Earth,” he added that the US “will continue to press Israel to protect civilians and to ensure the robust flow of humanitarian aid.” (INN / VFI News)

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” - Proverbs 17:17

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