Lloyd Austin and Yoav Gallant
Lloyd Austin and Yoav GallantElad Malka

Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant spoke on Thursday evening with his US counterpart, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

During the call, Minister Gallant briefed Secretary Austin on the recent counterterrorism operations conducted by Israel’s security forces in Jenin.

Minister Gallant discussed the importance of precision in the efforts to identify and engage terrorists and terror infrastructure, including the demolition of weapons warehouses and production sites, as well as terrorist hideouts.

In addition, Gallant emphasized the measures taken to prevent harm to uninvolved civilians, while enabling residents of Jenin in possession of work permits, to continue traveling to, and working in Israel during this period.

Gallant expressed his appreciation to Secretary Austin and the US administration for their unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel and ongoing support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist threats. He added that Israel will continue to defend itself against any such threats, and will act decisively against terrorism.