June 27th, 2010
Admiral Michael G. Mullen Concludes Visit to Israel as Guest of IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen, concluded a short work visit to Israel today, as the guest of IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.
During his visit, Admiral Mullen and Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi held a personal meeting, as well as an extended one. The extended meeting, held by Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi also included Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Benny Ganz, Head of Israel Defense Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, Head of the Strategic Planning Directorate, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, Commander in Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom and Military Attaché to Washington, Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni. The participants discussed the cooperation between the two militaries and mutual security challenges. Admiral Mullen also met with Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak.
Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi thanked Admiral Mullen for visiting Israel at this time and praised the relations between the two militaries: “We discussed the threats and challenges facing us. I view Admiral Mullen as a true friend and partner. ”
As a gesture of friendship, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi and several IDF soldiers had planted trees in the Yizhak Rabin forest, located in Jerusalem, in honor of Admiral Mullen. Today, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi presented Admiral Mullen with the certificate of trees planted in his honor.
Admiral Mullen thanked Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi and stated that he was happy to visit Israel, adding that the relationship between the two militaries is strong and solid: “the leadership of Chief of Staff Ashkenazi has made a positive difference in our relations, yet our challenges remain.”