Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces General (****) Martin Dempsey and IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz discussed the cooperation between their militaries and their mutual security challenges.
Earlier today, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces General (****) Martin Dempsey visited met with Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, as part of his official visit to Israel, which began yesterday. The two met at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said, “I would like to welcome General Dempsey for another very important visit. This is probably not the last visit. The Middle East is going through major changes with strategic consequences that we must be aware of.”
Lt. Gen. Gantz continued: “The cooperation between the US and Israel is very important, based on the same values and serves the same interests. May the next few years of cooperation between us continue to be as good as they have been before.”
The IDF Chief of Staff expressed gratitude for Gen. Dempsey’s visit. ”Thank you very much, Martin, for coming. With your leadership and your friendship, I think we can cope with any potential challenges,” he said.
General Dempsey said that he was sure of his warm relationship with Israel in light of the fact that he is “familiar with Tel Aviv without a map.” He added that “it is good to be back and good to continue to build the strong relationship between us, which was the basis of all achievement. And to do two important things: One is to continue to build that strong relationship, which is the basis of us accomplishing anything – it is all about our relationship. And secondly, to have a chance to gain your insights and the insights of your key leaders on issues in the region, so that we can compare notes, to see how we see issues as they are evolving.”
“That’s been the most important part of our visit today,” concluded Gen. Dempsey, ”and I’m confident that will remain the most important part of our engagements in the future. The ability to see both the vulnerabilities and the opportunities. I thank you for your time as always, Benny.”
Gen. Dempsey, who is visiting Israel for the third time in his capacity as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was received in the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv by an honor guard of IDF soldiers.