In a sign of the
between the United States and Israel, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of
Admiral Mike Mullen will pay a lightning visit to Israel Sunday on his
to the US from meetings in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the IDF' Spokeperson's Unit announced Saturday.
Mullen will meet IDF
General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, who he has met 14 times since
up their posts in 2007, and will then have lunch with additional IDF
including the head of Military Intelligence, commander of the Navy and the
chief of staff.
Sunday’s trip will be
fourth visit to Israel. Before his first visit in 2007, a chairman of
chiefs had not visited Israel in a decade.
Officials said that
military chiefs would focus on Iran’s nuclear program in their
well as the situation in Syria and Lebanon.