The White House has confirmed that U.S. military combat support will not be deployed in Israel amid its ongoing conflict with Hamas, following Israel’s preference to handle operations independently. Despite this, U.S. aid shipments, including defense items, are being sent to Israel. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is set to meet Israeli officials, reinforcing the U.S.’s commitment to Israeli security.
- Israel has expressed a desire to conduct operations without foreign troops on its soil.
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin plans to visit Israel to discuss the conflict’s operational planning and objectives with top Israeli officials.
- The first shipment of U.S. security aid to Israel has arrived, with more, including Iron Dome missile interceptors, on the way.
- U.S. special operations personnel in the U.S. Embassy in Israel had initially offered assistance with hostage recovery, but it has now been clarified that they won’t be engaging in combat.
- The U.S. has moved military assets, including the USS Gerald Ford and other vessels, to the eastern Mediterranean as a show of support and deterrence, emphasizing intelligence and maritime support capabilities.