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U.S. army chief in Israel to discuss joint missile defense drill

November 20, 2012
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Source: Haaretz

120209-D-VO565-002 - Martin E. Dempsey looks through the window of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter while flying over Kabul

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey was in Israel on Monday to discuss a joint missile defense drill that began a week ago.

An honor guard was to receive the US general at Israel's defense headquarters in central Tel Aviv shortly after noon, an Israeli military statement said.

Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz was scheduled to host the welcoming ceremony.

Dempsey met Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv late Sunday.

A statement from Barak's office said the two discussed the largest-ever joint Israeli-U.S. drill, code-named Austere Challenge 12, scheduled to last about three weeks and which simulates missiles raining down on Israel from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

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