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Press Release | July 27, 2023

CENTCOM Commander Visits Israel


July 27, 2023

Release Number 20230727-01


TAMPA, Fla. – On Jul. 25-27, Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, traveled to Israel to visit the leadership of the Ministry of Defense, Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, the IDF Intelligence Directorate, and other specialized units.

General Kurilla met with the Israel Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant, and the Israel Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi to discuss shared commitment to address regional security concerns and the progress being made in cooperation between the IDF and CENTCOM. The CENTCOM Directors of Intelligence, Operations, and Plans and Policy attended the engagements.

General Kurilla also visited several other specialized units while in Israel.

“Significant progress has been made in interoperability between the IDF and U.S. Central Command in the short time Israel has been part of the CENTCOM area of responsibility,” said Kurilla. “The ability for our forces to work together is a key aspect of our combined efforts to support regional stability.”