Chiefs' Chairman in Israel at Week's End

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will meet with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi at the end of the week, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Mullen's stopover will be the second in six months. His last visit -- and the first by a Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to Israel in a decade -- was in December.

Meanwhile, US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, in Israel on an official visit, told the Post that the US knew about last week's aerial drill by Israel's air force.

Roughead met with Ashkenazi, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Admiral Eliezer Marom, commander in chief of the Israeli navy.

Cooperation between the US and Israeli navies and missile defense systems were two key topics covered in the meetings.

Israeli defense officials have suggested that in the event of a confrontation with Iran, the US may deploy the US Navy's Aegis missile defense system off Israel's coast as another deterrent against Iranian ballistic missiles.

"I believe that the proliferation of ballistic missiles is something that will continue to occur. I believe that ballistic missiles in the future will become weapons of intimidation and blackmail," Roughead said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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