Watch: 1st Visit By Biden Official: Defense Secretary Austin Lands In Israel

Defense Minister Benny Gantz, right, walks alongside US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during an honor guard ceremony at Israel's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on April 11, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin landed in Israel on Sunday in the first official visit by a US official since President Joe Biden took office in January.

Austin’s visit will include discussions about US arms supplies to Israel and “reassurances” on the current US discussions on rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Austin traveled to the Kirya IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv and was welcomed at an official welcoming ceremony followed by meetings with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Defense Ministry Director-General Amir Eshel, the head of the Strategy and Third-Circle Directorate, Maj. Gen. Tal Kalman, and the head of the Political-Military Bureau at the Defense Ministry, Zohar Palti.

On Monday, Austin, accompanied by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, will visit the Nevatim airbase, where he will be briefed by Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin and review security developments advanced by Israeli industries in cooperation with the US.

Austin and Gantz will then tour Yad Vashem and visit Memorial Hall on Har Herzl – a day before Israel marks Yom HaZikaron on Tuesday night/Wednesday for Israeli soldiers who lost their lives defending Israel.

Austin’s final meeting on Monday will be with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, marking the end of his two-day trip.

After concluding his visit to Israel, Austin will travel to Germany, the NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and the UK before returning to the US.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. why talk to a guy who represents a demented Alzheimer diseased TREASONOUS America hating hair sniffing old pervert.
    America under DemonRat Biden, has become completely irrelevant, has become the laughing stock of the world, not even sure that America will exist after four years of this Marxist traitorous old fool.
    We might have in four years from now, another one hundred million illegal invaders in our country, as this America hating criminal and gangster will completely eliminate our borders, and turn our once great country into another third world hell hole.
    If you want a picture of America how it would look in four years from now, just look at Venezuela or Cuba

  2. I am neither a racist or a politician and I can see something is wrong with this visit , this scenario and our position___America is the Joke of the Century and bringing this joker to Israel is another statement of same__fools we are not