Dempsey: US, Israel share challenge of Iranian threat

January 20, 2012 14:24

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff described the Iranian threat as a "challenge shared by Jerusalem and Washington," in a meeting Friday with President Shimon Peres and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.

"The deep trust between the two countries will help protect our shared value of freedom," said Dempsey. Emphasizing the friendship between the two countries he continued: "We respect you as our partner in the fight for freedom, not only in this region, but in the entire world."

Addressing the Iranian threat, Peres said, "I'm sure we will win this battle too, in the struggle for a free and safe world for all nations. Israel and the United States stand on the same front."

The president also thanked Dempsey for coming to Israel saying, "your visit is important, in order to show our shared world view in relation to in issue that endangers the whole world."  

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