Israel’s top general is attending a NATO summit.
Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, commander of Israel’s armed forces, flew to Brussels Tuesday for a two-day convention of international military chiefs at NATO headquarters.
Israel has only a limited partnership with NATO under a “Mediterranean Dialogue” program initiated in 1994. But the looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran has raised calls in Israel for a fuller defense pact with the Western-oriented alliance.
Israeli defense officials are playing down expectations of an upgrade in ties anytime soon, noting that NATO member nations must generally give up their military autonomy – something that would be anathema to Jerusalem.