Antisemitism in the US is on the rise - what do US senators and Israeli ministers have to say about it?
Mullen makes unannounced visit to bid IDF farewell
By
July 19, 2011 02:59
Adm. Michael Mullen, scheduled to end tenure in October, meets with Gantz, top IDF generals in sixth visit to Israel.
Shamni and Mullen

Shamni and Mullen_311. (photo credit:Matty Stern / US Embassy)

Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived for an unannounced visit on Monday evening to attend a farewell dinner with the top IDF officers before he steps down on September 30.

It was Mullen’s sixth visit to Israel since he was appointed chairman of the joint chiefs in 2007.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Mullen: Iran supporting extremist groups in Iraq
Amidst changes, Mullen reaffirms US-Israeli strategic ties


He came to Israel from Afghanistan where he participated in the change of command over American and coalition forces on Monday morning. Gen. John Allen took over command from Gen. David Petraeus, who is retiring from the military to become the new director of the CIA.

Mullen’s trip to Israel was kept quiet and did not appear on the official schedule of his sweep through Asia that was available on the Pentagon’s website. His visit included talks with Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and a dinner with top IDF generals.

Mullen met with Gantz’s predecessor Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi almost 20 times over the past four years and even attended Ashkenazi’s retirement party in February. He knows Gantz from the time the IDF chief served as military attaché to Washington and the two men have spoken a number of time since Gantz was appointed chief of General Staff in February.

The IDF said that Mullen worked over the years to strengthen military ties between Israel and the United States and maintained a “brave relationship” with his Israeli counterparts.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • IDF
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    August 31, 2014
    Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

    By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 11 - 23
      Beer Sheva
      12 - 21
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 9 - 18
      Jerusalem
      12 - 20
      Haifa
    • 16 - 26
      Elat
      12 - 24
      Tiberias