US and Israel discuss military drill to simulate conflict with Iran, representatives
The United States and Israel have discussed a joint military drill that would simulate a possible attack on Iran and its Middle Eastern proxies.
Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley are considering conducting a joint Air Force drill in the coming weeks that would aim to training soldiers for a possible conflict between Israel and Iran or Iran’s military proxies in the region, Fox News Digital has learned.
“We are at a critical juncture that requires the acceleration of operational plans and cooperation against Iran and its terrorist proxies in the region,” said Kochavi, who held a series of meetings in Washington, DC this week, in a statement.
Kochavi held a series of meetings Monday at both the Pentagon and the White House, speaking with Milley and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to discuss security threats in the Middle East.
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Kochavi’s press release said the United States expressed it would stand by Biden’s pledge to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons after talks on a possible renewal of the nuclear deal with the country appear to have stalled. stagnant
“The two also discussed the security situation in Judea and Samaria and the desire to maintain stability in the region and prevent the security situation from deteriorating,” the Israeli statement said.
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Kochavi also met with CIA Director William Burns.
“The IDF strongly promotes all operational plans against the Iranian threat,” Kochavi’s office added in a statement. “During the discussions, it was agreed that we are at a critical juncture that requires the acceleration of operational plans and cooperation against Iran and its terrorist proxies in the region.”
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“Our deep cooperation with our greatest ally was and remains a central pillar of our national security.”
A readout of Monday’s meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff noted that, “The two military leaders discussed regional security issues, opportunities for greater bilateral cooperation and coordination to defend against a wide range of threats posed by Iran throughout the region and other aspects of mutual agreement. strategic interest.”
He concluded by stating that “the United States and Israel maintain a strong military-to-military relationship as key partners committed to peace and security in the Middle East region.”
Yonat Friling of Fox News contributed to this report