Admiral Michael Mullen Visiting Israel

Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff expected to arrive Monday for his last visit on active duty.

Gil Ronen, | updated: 14:05

Mullen and former IDF Chief of Staff
Mullen and former IDF Chief of Staff
Israel news photo: Flash 90

 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen, is expected to arrive in Israel Monday, for what will likely be his last visit on active duty.
 
Admiral Mullen will be hosted by the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, who will hold a festive dinner in his honor tonight along with senior IDF commanders from the General Staff.
 
This is Admiral Mullen's sixth visit to Israel since he commenced his position as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Admiral Mullen is expected to end his tenure as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September 2011.
 
The IDF Spokesman’s Unit stated that throughout his tenure, “Admiral Mullen greatly contributed to strengthening the steadfast relations between the IDF and US militaries, and developed strong personal ties with his Israeli colleagues. During this important visit, the IDF Chief of the General Staff and senior IDF commanders will bid Admiral Mullen farewell as well as convey their utmost appreciation and respect.”
 
Mullen was considered to be a close friend of former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. He met Chief of Staff Ashkenazi 17 times, five of them in Israel. On his recent February visit to be at Ashkenazi's farewell ceremony, he found himself in the midst of the Arab world upheavals, and used the trip to visit middle eastern countries as well. On Iran's nuclear capability, he has said that although he has “no reason to trust” Iran, Israel knows that attacking the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites would be "incredibly destabilizing.”







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