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Bahrain Reveals Visit by Israel’s Top General

February 10, 2023

By Simon Henderson

The meeting highlights the continuing U.S.-led focus on the Iranian threat and the underlying strength of the Abraham Accords.

This week, new Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevy attended a U.S. Central Command regional security conference in the Gulf island state of Bahrain. 

This was the general’s first foreign trip since being appointed as chief of staff last month. His predecessor, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, visited Bahrain at least once, as did former defense minister Benny Gantz in February 2022 and President Isaac Herzog in December. Coming so soon after the major Juniper Oak military exercise, which involved U.S. and Israeli aircraft and ships, this week’s meeting suggests an increasingly solid and advanced relationship.

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