New Israeli defense minister speaks with US counterpart for first time

Gallant emphasized the importance of the special ties between Israel and the United States, which are based on shared values and interests.

 LIKUD MK Yoav Gallant in front of the Yoshubievs' torched car this week. (photo credit: ARIE LEIB ABRAMS/FLASH 90)
LIKUD MK Yoav Gallant in front of the Yoshubievs' torched car this week.
(photo credit: ARIE LEIB ABRAMS/FLASH 90)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant spoke on Wednesday evening with his American counterpart, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, for the first time since taking office.

In his words to the Secretary of Defense, Gallant emphasized the importance of the special ties between Israel and the United States, which are based on shared values and interests. The Israeli defense minister also expressed his commitment to deepening military, security and technological cooperation between the two countries.

Gallant emphasized Israel's commitment to do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons that threaten the State of Israel and the entire world and emphasized the need for the international community to cooperate on the issue.

This came merely a few hours after the Biden administration rejected as "false" any claims that it was engaged in talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. 

"Since September especially our focus has been on standing up … for the fundamental freedoms of the Iranian people," US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

 THEN-EDUCATION MINISTER Yoav Gallant addresses this past year’s Israel Prize ceremony in April, in Jerusalem. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90) THEN-EDUCATION MINISTER Yoav Gallant addresses this past year’s Israel Prize ceremony in April, in Jerusalem. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

Discussing the Abraham Accords impact

The pair discussed the impact of the Abraham Accords on security stability in the Middle East, and concluded that they will work to deepen and expand ties with other countries in the region.