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Joint Chiefs Chairman Meets With Counterpart in Israel

The New York Times
20th January 2012

By ISABEL KERSHNER

JERUSALEM — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Friday for closer engagement between the United States and Israel during a short visit here at a time of tension over Iran’s nuclear program.

 

The general’s tight schedule of individual meetings with Israel’s top military brass and political leaders on Thursday evening and Friday would have precluded lengthy, in-depth discussions, but Israeli analysts said that General Dempsey’s presence here was enough to signal American solidarity with Israel while giving both sides an opportunity to air their differences on how to face the Iranian challenge.

The meetings were closed and their contents were not revealed. But General Dempsey, on his first visit to Israel as military chief, was quoted in brief remarks released by the office of Israel’s defense minister as saying, “We have many interests in common in the region in this very dynamic time, and the more we can continue to engage each other, the better off we’ll all be.”        

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