(JNS.org) The U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to discuss mutual regional challenges, including the current outbreak of Palestinian terror attacks, the Syrian civil war, and Iran’s growing support of terror groups around the Middle East.
"There's no shortage of challenges, and I think that there's common agreement that we have to stop this aggression in the region, but specifically the aggression that is aimed at Israel," Netanyahu said during the meeting, the Associated Press reported. “There's a lot to talk about—how to bolster our common security interests and Israel's ability to defend itself, by itself, against these and other threats."
“I’m confident that the solution to those challenges is our cooperation, and that’s what I’m committed to,” Dunford told Netanyahu.
Dunford assumed his position on Oct.1 and has made Israel his first overseas trip as chairman. During his two-day visit to Israel, he also met with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and other military leaders.