The U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, visited Israel and met with senior officials. Israel’s top military official emphasised that “the Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. Armed Forces share a mutual interest to prevent Iran and its proxies from jeopardising the stability of the region”, and underscored that Israel “will act to the extent necessary to remove any threat that endangers the sovereignty of Israel or its citizens”. Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz stated that “we have no interest in escalation, but we will do everything necessary to protect Israeli citizens, by all means, and under all conditions. I do not suggest that our enemies test us”.
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