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Statement | July 17, 2022

READOUT: U.S. CENTCOM Commander visited Israel today to meet with Israeli Defense Force (IDF) leadership

U.S. Central Command Public Affairs

General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, visited Israel today to meet with Israeli Defense Force (IDF) leadership, to include the IDF Chief of Staff, Lt General Aviv Kohavi.

“During my visit to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, I met with Israeli Defense Forces leadership to discuss the importance of an integrated air and missile defense system, as well as the continued need for strong regional security cooperation.

“As President Biden said earlier this week in Israel, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin echoed, the United States’ commitment to Israel remains ironclad.

“Regional security remains paramount for both CENTCOM and the IDF.”