The United States and Israel have discussed a joint military exercise that would simulate a possible attack on Iran and its proxies in the Middle East.
Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley are considering holding a joint Air Force drill in the coming weeks that would be aimed at training soldiers for a possible conflict between Israel and Israel. Iran or Iran’s military proxies in the region, Fox News Digital has learned.
“We are at a critical moment that requires the acceleration of operational plans and cooperation against Iran and its terrorist proxies in the region,” Kochavi, who held a series of meetings in Washington DC this week, said in a statement.
Kochavi held a series of meetings at both the Pentagon and the White House on Monday 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 has said it will back Biden’s pledge to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons after talks on a possible renewal of the country’s nuclear deal appear to have stalled.
“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 moment that requires 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 continues to be a central pillar of our national security.”
A reading from the Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting on Monday noted that “the two military leaders discussed regional security issues, opportunities for further bilateral cooperation and coordination to defend against a wide range of threats posed by Iran throughout the region, and other issues. of mutual interest”. strategic interest.
He concluded by stating that “the United States and Israel maintain a strong inter-military relationship as key partners committed to peace and security in the Middle East region.”
Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report