The United States is committed to providing assistance to both Ukraine and Israel simultaneously, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. In a press conference in Israel, Austin emphasized that the US is the most powerful country in the world and is fully capable of projecting power, upholding commitments, and directing resources to multiple theaters of operation.
Austin reassured that the US can “walk and chew gum at the same time,” indicating that Washington will stand with Israel while also supporting Ukraine. He highlighted that military assistance to Israel will flow in at the speed of war, including munitions, air-defense capacities, and other key equipment and resources. The aid specifically includes missiles for the Iron Dome air defense systems used by Israel to counter less-sophisticated rockets launched by Hamas.
However, while the US maintains its commitment to both countries, media reports have raised concerns about the allocation of resources. CNN, for example, reported that the Pentagon had used artillery shells from Israel to support Ukraine, which led to speculation that Israel’s stockpiles could be affected.
The report pointed out that Ukraine and Israel require different weapons. In the event that Israel launches a large-scale ground operation against Hamas, it may require 155mm NATO artillery shells, which are currently in short supply due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The escalation between Israel and Hamas began when the militant group launched a surprise attack on southern Israel, breaching the border with the Gaza Strip at multiple points. In response, Israel launched massive airstrikes on Gaza, resulting in casualties on both sides.
Despite concerns about resource allocation, Secretary Austin’s statement reaffirmed the United States’ determination to support both Ukraine and Israel. The US maintains its ability to project power and fulfill its commitments in multiple theaters simultaneously.
In conclusion, the US remains committed to aiding both Ukraine and Israel. Secretary Austin emphasized that the US can handle multiple responsibilities at once and will stand with Israel while also supporting Ukraine. The military assistance provided to Israel includes important resources such as munitions and air-defense capacities. However, media reports have raised concerns about resource allocation, particularly concerning Israel’s stockpiles of artillery shells. Nevertheless, the US continues to assure its commitment to both countries and its capability to project power in multiple theaters.