The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, is scheduled
to visit Israel next week, a defense source said Sunday. He is expected to
arrive as a guest of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and meet with
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
Dempsey’s visit comes weeks after Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a warning signal to the international community
over Iran’s nuclear program, telling CBS News in July that despite the election
of a new president, Tehran was “closer and closer to the bomb.”
his visit, Dempsey and Israeli officials will likely address top-priority issues
including Iran, developments in the Syrian civil war and the situation in
The day of Dempsey’s arrival has not been finalized yet, though he
will probably land next Monday.