In the middle of escalated regional tensions following a reported air strike on
Syria last week, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz arrived in the United States on Monday for a five-day previously planned visit as the guest of US Gen. Martin
Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The two are expected to
discuss security challenges and assess the latest Middle East regional security
Gantz’s deputy, Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, will fill in for
him during the visit.
Gantz will be accompanied by the IDF’s attache to
Washington, Maj.-Gen. Yaakov Ayash, and the head of the IDF’s Planning
Branch, Maj.-Gen. Nimrod Shefer.