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Joint Chiefs chairman visits Israel

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Israel Monday.

Adm. Mike Mullen arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday for a 24-hour visit aimed at showing solidarity in the face of Iran’s nuclear program and other regional threats. He is the guest of his Israeli counterpart, Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

Mullen met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli intelligence officials. Discussions centered around Iran and its controversial nuclear program.

 Israel and the United States have found themselves at odds over Iran since an intelligence assessment published by Washington last week claimed that Tehran shelved its military nuclear program in 2003. Israel believes an Iranian bomb is imminent.

Mullen, who has visited Israel before, voiced understanding for the country’s security concerns in a speech last month.

“I think how Israel thinks and views the world is a very important consideration for us in the United States, and certainly from my perspective as a military leader,” he said.

 

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