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August 8, 2013 10:26 am

Report: Head of US Air Force Secretly Visited Israel to Discuss Iran Strike

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Gen. Mark Welsh addresses the audience after being sworn in as the 20th Air Force chief of staff during a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, Mark Welsh, visited Israel last week as a guest of Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, Israel’s Walla News reported Thursday.

Welsh’s visit was confidential and hidden from the media’s inquiring eye at the request of the Americans, apparently due to tensions in the Middle East.

This was Welsh’s first visit to Israel in his current position, and among the issues discussed with Eshel was Iran’s nuclear program. According to Walla News, Israel has been training its air force to carry out a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities for at least a decade.

The Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Martin Dempsey, will arrive in Israel next week. Yesterday, officials confirmed that Dempsey’s visit will also focus on Iran.

Update: An IDF spokesperson announced Friday that  Welsh departed Israel yesterday (8/8/2013) concluding a four-day work visit. The General was hosted by the Commander of the Israel Air Force (IAF), Major General Amir Eshel. Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, and Chief Master Sergeant James Cody, Chief Master Sergeant of the USAF also accompanied the delegation.

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  • Bruce Levy

    SOMEBODY, please wake up and realize that the cunning Iranians are playing all of us !!!
    They invented the art of negotiations, and we, in the west are falling for it like fools.
    The Iranians have been successfully buying time for approx 15 years (!!!) all under the pretense that they are ” negotiating”.
    Enough !
    Anchor the U.S 5th fleet in front of their ugly arrogant faces, inside their ports, and give them a very short deadline, so they will realize that we are serious ( or, are we ?)
    Oh my god, that will violate international laws and the ACLU will cry foul and that we are violating human rights…….
    Enough talk !

    • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

      The West or should I say the US and Europe are led by those with little knowledge of the Arab Mind. Much of Iran has become diluted with the Arab mind and Islam. Add ancient Persian wisdom and Philosophy with the majority of Arab IQ 70 and below, what do we have? Masses can be led into anything, over a cliff or into WWI-II-III. This is Mob psychology, Mob rule led by Fanatics and Iran is all of these things, we’ve seen this in history over and over. How old was Obama in 1979? There are some of us who remember the fall of the Shah, how different the middle east was then. Middle Eastern Politics aught to be mandatory on any University curriculum in order to keep the majority aware of arabic politics. The world won’t wake up until it is too late. Military Leaders have been only to aware of this crisis, as well as Israel. However, ‘bleeding heart liberal’ governments over the last 35 years has led to a loss of grip on reality.

  • Hopefully, all this training will pay off. The Iranians believe everybody is like the European negotiators.

    Google: Video: Rouhani boasting how he duped the European nuclear negotiators

  • Hopefully, all this training will pay off. The Iranians believe everybody is like the European negotiators.

    Video: Rouhani boasting how he duped the European nuclear negotiators

  • Well, this is a ‘do or die’ moment, but whatever happens it should be like a bolt out of the blue, certainly not something discussed in the open –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Mel

    Have you ever heard the expression “Loose Lips Sink Ships”? Sometimes responsible journalism requires permitting competitors to break a sensitive news story. Occasionally “it is better to remain silent, and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

    • Laura Jane Burkhart


  • DungeonDevil

    When its released as a news bulletin, “It Ain’t Nuus.” Its regurgitated propaganda.

    • Algemeiner Staff

      Actually, while there is much regurgitation around here, this one was never disclosed by the government, formally or informally. The source is a newspaper and its unnamed sources.

      • Frumious Falafel

        Also, people often don’t realize that, in this case especially, Israel may specifically *want* the Iranians to know the world is “getting serious.” By now, Iran clearly knows there is a “threat” of a strike. Thus this news is not adding much to that threat. But Israel may well want the Iranians to simply feel more pressure.

        Or, it may be the case that Israel is preparing a strike that doesn’t involve, or involves very little the air force. In that case, this story would help in misdirection. Who knows, Israel may strike in another way which nobody has thought of.

        Either way, all of these “leaks” may be all part of a careful plan. I highly doubt that if Israel *really* didn’t want this story to have come out, that it would have.

      • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

        Fortunately for us Algemeiner has it’s finger on the pulse. Of all reporting out of the middle east I have learned more from Algemeiner reports than any other news report. Pity BBC do not take a leaf out of Algemeiner’s methods of reporting.

  • rick

    Don’t trust the current US government but if you do hit Iran ,Saudi Arabia should be next

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Iran and its proxy Hezbollah continue to pursue with great haste the acquisition of nuclear weapons.

    A video is worth a million words:

  • Terry

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • It should be a surprise instead of a week long wait.

  • John B

    Thank God somebody is doing something!

    • Dafna Yee

      Amen to that!!