National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates stressed the US “unshakable commitment” to Israel’s security, according to the White House early Thursday.
Donilon, Clinton and Gates met jointly at the White House with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak for the first in-person meeting between top officials of the two countries since mass anti-government protests erupted in Egypt in late January.
“They stressed the United States’ unshakable commitment to Israel’s security, including through our continued support for Israel’s military, and the unprecedented security cooperation between our two governments,” the White House said in a statement.
It said that they discussed with Barak “the latest developments in Egypt, the need to move forward on Middle East peace, efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and other regional and bilateral issues.”
“They agreed that the US and Israel would continue to consult closely on common challenges and issues across our shared agenda,” the White House added.