The current joint US-Israeli military exercise is proof of the United States’
commitment to remain strong and together with Israel, US Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey said Monday during a meeting with President
Shimon Peres at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
emphasized that the military exercise being conducted by the soldiers, pilots
and sailors of both countries is the largest one ever, and an opportunity for
soldiers, pilots and sailors from both countries to work as a collaborative
force against rockets and missiles.
For his part, Peres thanked Dempsey
for what he termed as the profound cooperation between US and Israeli forces,
indicating the friendship between the two countries is “at its height and at its
“This cooperation is meaningful, politically and militarily.” he
Peres and Dempsey also discussed Iran, and the president said while
the sanctions so far imposed on Iran are beginning to show some results, and
while he preferred diplomatic and economic measures, all options remain on the
Dempsey arrived in Israel on Sunday to oversee the air defense
He met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak in the Kirya military
headquarters in Tel Aviv last night.
The two military leaders are
expected to tour areas where the defense drill is being held. The majority of
the exercise, named Austere Challenge 12, involves the computer simulation and
interception of long and medium-range missile attacks on Israel.
Lappin contributed to this report.
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