IDF Chief of Staff meets US European Command chief

Gen. Gadi Eizenkot meets commander of US military forces in Europe as part of joint Juniper Cobra 2018 exercise.

Gary Willig,

Curtis Scaparrotti meets Gadi Eizenkot
Curtis Scaparrotti meets Gadi Eizenkot
IDF spokesperson

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot met with the commander of the United States European Command, General Curtis Scaparrotti as part of the joint military exercise between the IDF and the US military, Juniper Cobra 2018.

The meeting was attended by the head of Israel's Intelligence Directorate, Major General Hertzi Halevi, the head of the Operations Branch, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, the chief of the Planning Directorate, Major General Amir Abulafia, and the Commander of the Israel Air Force, Major General Amikam Norkin.

During the meeting, the commanders discussed the situation in the Middle East, the changing status of various threats in the region, and the opportunities presented by the strategic cooperation between the two militaries.

Meeting of the generals
IDF Spokesperson

IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot said: "The visit of General Scaparrottii proves once again the United States' commitment to the security of the State of Israel. This is the ninth time that the IDF and the US Army have held the Juniper Cobra exercise to improve the ability to defend against high-trajectory threats and to promote the joint training of forces in the field against a variety of scenarios. "

General Scaparrotti said: "The U.S. is deeply committed to the defense of Israel. We will continue to work alongside the IDF to promote stability throughout the region, not only for the purposes of this exercise, but in the event of any real-world contingency.”

The Juniper Cobra 2018 exercise simulates a scenario in which US forces would deploy to Israel in order to aid the IDF Aerial Defense forces. Together they will perform computerized simulations of a variety of rocket threat scenarios in different regions. The simulations include the use of the "Arrow," "Iron Dome", "Patriot", and "David's Sling" Systems. The David's Sling system was declared operational in April 2017.