Israeli Defence Minister Says a Direct Iran Regime Attack Would Require Appropriate Response

 – Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said on Thursday that Israel would respond directly to any attack by Iran.

“A direct Iranian attack will require an appropriate Israeli response against Iran,” Gallant told U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, according to remarks issued by his office.

The Pentagon said the two discussed the United States’ “iron-clad” commitment to Israel’s security against threats from Iran and its proxies.

“Echoing President Biden’s unequivocal message to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Secretary Austin assured Minister Gallant that Israel could count on full U.S. support to defend Israel against Iranian attacks, which Tehran has publicly threatened,” the Pentagon said.

It added that a visit by the top U.S. general for the Middle East, Army General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, to Israel had been moved up so he could meet with Israeli military leadership and discuss “current security threats.” Kurilla has been travelling to Israel regularly in recent months.

(Reporting by James Mackenzie. Additional reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart in Washington; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Josie Kao and Stephen Coates)

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