Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin “Benny” Gantz 16 May

U.S. Department of Defense

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 reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.

He strongly condemned the continued onslaught of attacks by Hamas and other terrorists groups targeting Israeli civilians.

The Secretary shared his view on the need to restore calm.

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