US, Israel discuss ceasefire, aid boost

During a recent discussion, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant focused on ongoing efforts to secure the release of hostages and establish a temporary ceasefire. Secretary Austin emphasized exploring alternative strategies to a large-scale military operation in Rafah, aligning with the mutual objective of defeating Hamas. They also highlighted the critical importance of safeguarding civilians and significantly enhancing aid delivery to Gaza via land routes. Austin commended Gallant for his unwavering dedication to the safety of U.S. military personnel in the eastern Mediterranean, facilitating a naval corridor for humanitarian aid. The two officials are set to further their dialogue in an upcoming bilateral meeting at the Pentagon.–Web Desk