US military chief reaffirms strong defense ties in first visit to Israel
This is Dunford’s first visit to Israel and his first overseas visit since taking over for Gen. Martin Dempsey on October 1. With
increased diplomatic tensions between the US and Israel, Dunford’s visit is an explicit attempt to reaffirm the military relationship between the two countries.
He was greeted by a full honor guard in the army’s Tel Aviv headquarters on Sunday morning.Unlike his predecessor who visited Israel six times in his four years as chairman and had a years-long personal relationship with former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz, Dunford has few direct ties to the Israeli army.