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    US Defense Secretary Defends Israel in Unannounced Visit to USS Gerald R Ford

    US Defense Secretary Defends Israel in Unannounced Visit to USS Gerald R Ford

    ABOARD THE GERALD R. FORD — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin flew out to the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier Wednesday to meet with the sailors he has ordered to remain at sea to prevent the Israel-Hamas war from spilling over into a deadlier regional conflict.

    Austin was in the region to press Israel to shift its bombardment of to a more limited campaign and more quickly transition to address Palestinian civilians' dire humanitarian needs.

    At the same time, the U.S. has been concerned that Israel will launch a similar operation along its northern border with to expel Hezbollah militants there, potentially opening a second front and widening the war.

    At a news conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, Austin didn't say whether U.S. troops might be further extended to defend Israel if its campaign expands into Lebanon, and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant seemed to tone down recent rhetoric that a northern front was imminent, deferring to diplomatic efforts first.

    Still, that leaves incredible uncertainty for the Ford and its crew, which Austin ordered to the Eastern Mediterranean to be closer to Israel the day after Hamas militants stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7. The aircraft carrier's more than 4,000 sailors and the accompanying warships were supposed to be home in early November.

    Using the public address system of the Ford, which is sailing a few hundred miles off the coast of…

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