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U.S.-Israel Cooperation Continues As Threats Mount in the Middle East

The United States and Israel partner together to solve critical challenges and address shared interests in an increasingly unstable Middle East.


Over the last month, many American military officials have traveled to Israel to meet with their Israeli counterparts.


U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley met with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi on November 24.


U.S. Air Force Commanders Gen. David Goldfein and Gen. Jeffery L. Harrigian also traveled to the Jewish state to meet with leaders in the Israeli air force.


In addition, Commander of the U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie met with IDF officials to discuss shared threats and challenges.


McKenzie warned that Iran was planning another large-scale attack in the Middle East, similar to the one it carried out against Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in September.


“My judgment is that it is very possible they will attack again,” he said in an interview with The New York Times.


The meetings are “part of doing business between two strategic allies,” according to Brig.-Gen. (res.) of the Israel Air Force Zvika Haimovich.


In an increasingly tumultuous Middle East, Israel is the one stable democratic ally upon which America can consistently depend. Israel is on the front lines countering American enemies in the region and combatting the spread of advanced weaponry to terrorist groups.


Through bilateral cooperation, the United States and Israel can prevent attacks against Americans and greatly limit the number of U.S. personnel needed in this dangerous region.


Click here to learn more about strategic U.S.-Israel cooperation.


Type: News