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 conveyed the Department’s ironclad support for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, and he strongly condemned the launching of rockets by Hamas and other terrorists groups that targeted Israeli civilians.
He reiterated the importance of all involved parties to take steps to restore calm.