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IDF Chief Lands in U.S. for Cross-Country Work Visit

The Times of Israel reports: IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot landed in the United States Sunday to meet with members of the American military and Department of Defense, as Jerusalem and Washington hammer out the final details of an aid package for the coming years.

He was slated to speak with his American counterpart, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, along with other defense officials, as he travels through Washington, DC, Florida and Utah.

Eisenkot will inspect the squadron of Israeli F-35 fighter jets, which will be delivered to the Israeli Air Force by the end of the year, and will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington cemetery. He will also visit the US military’s special forces base in Florida, the army said in a statement.

“[Eisenkot and members of the US Department of Defense] will also discuss current security challenges, the regional security assessments in the Middle East and military cooperation,” the army said.

While Eisenkot is in America, he will be replaced by his deputy, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan.

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