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'Our military relationship with Israel is solid,' says US CENTCOM commander during Israel visit

Top-level discussions between Washington and Jerusalem concerning Middle East challenges have intensified amid growing regional tensions with the Iranian regime

U.S. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Michael E. Kurilla and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Apr. 27, 2023 (Photo: Ariel Hermoni/IMOD)

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General Michael E. Kurilla visited the Jewish state last Thursday to discuss U.S.-Israeli military ties and current challenges in the Middle East region, particularly concerning the Iranian threat.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant hosted the top U.S. commander at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. 

Kurilla acknowledged Israel's military preparedness to face regional challenges and affirmed relations between the United States and Israel. 

“As with every visit to the IDF, I was thoroughly impressed by the readiness for combat that I saw here. Our military relationship with Israel is solid,” stated Kurilla. 

Israel confirmed that the two countries discussed regional challenges. 

“The parties discussed developing regional challenges, with a focus on Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East region. This includes Iranian aggression in the maritime arena and the delivery of weapons to terror organizations and proxies in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and the wider region,” read the official Israeli statement. 

Top-level discussions between Washington and Jerusalem concerning Middle East regional challenges have intensified amid growing tensions with the Iranian regime. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Israel in early March for talks with his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant. 

The Biden administration has indicated it prefers a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear and military threat in the region and beyond. However, the ayatollah regime openly calls for Israel’s destruction, causing Washington to be concerned that Israel might be forced to take military action against Iran if all other options fail to stop Tehran’s race to the nuclear bomb. 

“I think the administration is very worried about the possibility that Israel would decide to attack. I think that, ultimately, the Biden administration prefers to accept a nuclear Iran than an attack to prevent a nuclear Iran,” said Bradley Bowman, senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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