Israel’s defence minister pledged to cooperate with the United States on Iran, pitching for the hope that Israeli security would be safeguarded under any renewed Iranian nuclear deal that Washington reaches.
“Israel views the United States as a full partner across all operational theatres, not the least Iran. And we will work closely with our American allies to ensure that any new agreement with Iran will secure the vital interests of the world and the United States, prevent a dangerous arms race in our region, and protect the State of Israel,” said Benny Gantz after hosting US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
In his public remarks, Austin did not comment on Iran specifically. He said the Biden administration would continue to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East as part of a strong commitment to Israel and the Israelis.
“Our bilateral relationship with Israel, in particular, is central to regional stability and security in the Middle East. During our meeting I reaffirmed to Minister Gantz our commitment to Israel is enduring and it is ironclad,” Austin said.