US-Israeli joint military exercise
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Today (Thursday), the US Central Command assumed combatant command responsibility for US forces in the State of Israel, CENTCOM announced

The realignment, announced by the Defense Department in January, strengthens the strategic US-Israeli defense relationship and offers opportunities to deepen operational collaboration between the Israel Defense Forces and CENTCOM's many partners in the region.

CENTCOM will now work to implement the US Government commitment to a holistic approach to regional security and cooperation with our partners. The U.S. Government's unwavering commitment to Israel's security remains enduring and ironclad.

The Iraeli Chief of the General Staff, LTG Aviv Kohavi, held a conversation Wednesday night with the Commander of CENTCOM, General Frank McKenzie, regarding the realignment of US forces in Israel.

The Generals spoke about the various issues and challenges in the region.

The Chief of the General Staff expressed his appreciation for U.S. commitment to the security of the State of Israel. The Generals expressed their expectation of deepening cooperation between the IDF and CENTCOM.