United States 'Looks Forward' to Working With Next Israeli Defense Minister

'Our bonds of friendship are unbreakable, and our commitment to the security of Israel remains absolute,' the American government says following Ya'alon's resignation.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (R) and Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon in Tel Aviv, July 20, 2015.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (R) and Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon in Tel Aviv, July 20, 2015.Credit: Reuters
Lesley Wroughton

REUTERS – The United States said on Friday it was looking forward to working with whoever succeeds Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, after he announced his resignation.

"We appreciate Mr. Ya'alon's leadership and partnership as defense minister and we look forward to working with his successor," State Department spokesman John Kirby said. "Our bonds of friendship are unbreakable, and our commitment to the security of Israel remains absolute."

Prior to Ya'alon's resignation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered the defense portfolio to Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman in a bid to expand the ruling coalition.

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