A day after the Israeli military began a two-week exercise simulating a multi-front war, the commander of American forces in the Middle East arrived in Israel on Tuesday.
Gen. Mike Kurilla’s three-day trip began with a stop at the Unit 504 human intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces, where he was given a briefing on the unit’s most recent and upcoming activities.
He then participated in a session on enhancing joint operational capabilities and coordination led by Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, IDF Chief of General Staff.
As part of the “Firm Hand” exercise, Kurilla attended a situation assessment at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.
He and Halevi then had a private working session.
According to the IDF, the two armed forces would ” deepen the operational relationship out of a shared commitment to maintaining the security of the region.”
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Kurilla met Tuesday night to review recent Middle Eastern developments.
Gallant praised Washington’s continuous military cooperation and the close relationship between the US and Israel.
He underlined the significance of American involvement in maintaining stability and widening the zone of peace.
Gallant emphasized the significance of joint military exercises between the United States and Israel and the need for closer defense cooperation between the two nations.
Last, Gallant informed Kurilla about “Operation Shield and Arrow” against Islamic Jihad in Gaza this month, including eradicating senior terrorist leaders.