Iran Danger Sends IDF Chief to D.C.

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - With Iran topping the agenda, IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Chief of General Staff Lt.-General Gabi Ashkenazi left Thursday for talks with U.S. officials.

Among other government officials, Ashkenazi will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama's national security advisor James Jones, and Dennis Ross, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's newly appointed special advisor on Iran.

In the absence of Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will be out of town, Ashkenazi will meet with other senior army, navy and air force officers and Pentagon officials.

IDF spokesman Brig. General Avi Benayahu and Major General Benny Gantz, Israeli military attaché in Washington, are accompanying Ashkenazi.

Ashkenazi will be the guest of honor and key speaker a dinner in New York hosted by Friends of the IDF.

The chief of staff will also meet with members of American Jewish groups, including AIPAC (American Israeli Policy Action Committee), the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, and the New York Jewish Federation.

In his second visit to the U.S. since becoming chief of general staff, Ashkenazi plans to meet with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Before leaving for Washington, Ashkenazi met with Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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