The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Military, General Martin E. Dempsey, arrived Thursday for a short visit in Israel as part of a visit to the region. This is General Dempsey's first visit to Israel, where he is hosted by the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. General Dempsey will depart from Israel before Shabbat.
During his visit, General Dempsey will hold a private meeting with Lt. Gen. Gantz, as well as a briefing with senior commanders of the General Staff, focusing on cooperation between the two militaries, and mutual security challenges. During his visit, General Dempsey will also meet with the Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, with the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and with the President, Shimon Peres.
General Dempsey was greeted at the IDF General Headquarters in Camp Rabin (Kirya), by an IDF honor guard of soldiers from the ground, air and naval forces, and to the sounds of the national anthems of Israel and the United States of America. General Dempsey will visit the Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he will pay respect to the memory of Holocaust victims.
General Dempsey will be accompanied by his spouse, Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, who will be hosted by Mrs. Revital Gantz.