The United States’ top military official, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, visited Israel and held talks with his counterparts on Friday in an effort to coordinate responses to Iran’s perceived aggression, as well as other policy matters. The move comes amid growing concern that Israel would move to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities independent of Washington.
Dempsey’s visit comes in the midst of growing tension between Iran and the West. Last week, the assassination of the deputy director of an Iranian nuclear enrichment site, which is believed to be attributed to Israeli or American intelligence forces, along with Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, have contributed to a sense of imminent conflict. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed this was the reason behind the cancellation of what was to be a large joint missile defense exercise between Israel and the United States.
The Washington Post, United States