US Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley landed in Israel on Sunday morning to meet with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other senior defense officials.
Gen. Milley’s visit comes as part of a series of visits by several high ranking military chiefs, including the US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, USAFE (United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa) Commander Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, and the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.
Earlier this month, US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Goldfein visited Israel to participate in the Blue Flag international military exercise hosted by the IAF.
Gen. Goldfein met with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Kochavi and Israeli Air Force Commander Amikam Norkin, who presented the US Air Force chief with the Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation.
“If I have one message, it is that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you. We always have and we always will,” Goldfein promised.
Goldfein and Norkin “discussed military cooperation between the two countries, the Blue Flag exercise, the air force’s transition to fifth-generation jets as well as security, cooperation, and strategic matters,” the IDF said in a statement.
The visit of the top US general comes amid heightened tensions in the region. Last week, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force and the Syrian Armed Forces overnight after four rockets were fired from Syria into northern Israel.
[Sources: The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel]