Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin “Benny” Gantz 21 May

U.S. Department of Defense

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J.

Austin III spoke this afternoon 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.

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