Israel-US Alliance Unbreakable Despite Tensions and Turning Point in Discussions on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

The urgency of alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza emphasized by US Secretary of Defense to Israeli counterpart

The bond between Israel and the United States may have hit a turning point, but it remains unbreakable, as both nations continue to collaborate on military matters and strengthen Israel’s air capacity. In their discussions, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin and Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant focused on the urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where aid convoys are ground blocked, exacerbating the situation. Despite tensions between the two allies due to pressure from the White House, Austin emphasized that the United States will always stand by Israel, its closest friend in the Middle East.

During their meeting, Gallant highlighted threats to Israel and securing hostage releases while also discussing plans to return displaced residents to their homes in border towns. Both ministers were cautious in their statements, avoiding discussing potential conditions on military aid to Israel. However, they did express a willingness to work together to enhance Israel’s military capabilities.

The discussions between Gallant and Austin followed conversations with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan earlier in the week. The then-canceled trip of Netanyahu’s advisers would have included similar discussions as both countries navigate challenges in their relationship. While there is tension between Israel and Washington over issues such as Iran’s nuclear program and Palestine’s refugee crisis, both countries remain committed to maintaining a strong alliance that has been built over decades of shared history and common interests.

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