TEL AVIV (Jan. 4)
The Israel Defense Force chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Ehud Barak, is coming to the United States for a working visit next week.
He will be the guest of his American counterpart, Gen. Colin Powell, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to an announcement by the IDF spokesman.
It will be Barak’s first visit to the United States since his appointment as chief of staff.
The visit, at Powell’s invitation and paid for by the United States, is designed to strengthen military and strategic cooperation between the two countries.
During his 10-day stay in the United States, Barak will meet with outgoing Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and other Pentagon officials.