Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and General Joseph Dunford
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and General Joseph DunfordKobi Gideon/GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Sunday evening in Jerusalem with United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford, who is currently on an official visit to Israel.

The meeting was also attended by IDF Chief of Sraff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, and the Prime Minister's Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. Eliezer Toledano.

Dunford took office earlier this month, and Israel is the first country he is visiting. Netanyahu and Dunford discussed strategic cooperation between the two countries and the strategic challenges they face.

Dunford’s choosing of Israel as the destination of his first visit to a foreign country is an indication of the importance of the relationship between Israel and the United States, Netanyahu said.

“It’s needed at all times and especially at this time, when militant Islam is on the march, led by the militant Sunnis of ISIS on the one side, and the militant Shiites of Iran and its proxies,” he added.

“There’s no shortage of challenges, and I think there’s a common agreement that we have to stop this aggression in the region, but specifically the aggression that is aimed at Israel,” continued Netanyahu. “I appreciate President Obama’s invitation to come to Washington. I appreciate your coming here, and there’s a lot to talk about .”

Earlier on Sunday, Dunford reviewed a guard of honor at the Israel Defense Forces' Kirya headquarters in Tel Aviv.