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Defense Minister Yoav Gallant at an operational situation assessment together with senior defense officials on May 10, 2023

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Wednesday updated his US counterpart, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, on the current status of Operation Shield and Arrow.

Gallant discussed “recent security developments in Israel”, including 400 rockets fired indiscriminately over the past two days by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization against Israeli citizens, his office said.


Gallant also briefed Austin on the successful operation conducted by the IDF and Shin Bet (ISA) to eliminate three senior PIJ leaders in Gaza, and detailed the imminent threats posed by the terrorists.

In addition, the defense minister underlined the IDF’s “readiness for every operational scenario, including a prolonged campaign and multi-front challenges,” his office said.

Gallant ended the conversation by thanking his American counterpart for his ongoing support for Israel’s right to defend itself and for the “unparalleled partnership between the respective defense establishments.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.