JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country will never permit Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
Addressing Austin, Netanyahu said: "We both know the horrors of war. We both understand the importance of preventing war and we both agree that Iran must never possess nuclear weapons.
He said, "My policy as Prime Minister of Israel is clear: I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel. Israel will continue to defend itself against Iran's aggression and terrorism." Iran has repeatedly denied its attempts to obtain nuclear weapons and says its nuclear facilities are meant for civil purposes only.
Netanyahu then went on to say that "Israel has no greater ally and certainly no greater 'mishpucha' (family in Hebrew) than the US".
"And I can say equally that the US has no greater ally and no greater 'mishpucha' than Israel." Thanking the Prime Minister for the "discussion on a range of regional security challenges, including Iran's destabilising activities", Austin said that Washington's "commitment to the US-Israel strategic partnership is ironclad".
On Sunday, Austin met Defence Minister Benny Gantz during he said that he was committed to boosting the Jewish state's security and "continuing our close consultations on threats posed by Iran".