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August 18, 2016 12:53 pm

Israel, US Air Force Chiefs Meet, Discuss Collaboration

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Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein in Tel Aviv, Wednesday. Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

JNS.org – US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein concluded his first official visit to Israel Wednesday.

Goldfein arrived in Israel on Monday at the invitation of Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel.

During his visit, Goldfein toured IAF bases, met with air force officers and soldiers, and participated in a simulation flight.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that during their meetings, Eshel and Goldfein discussed the challenges the IAF faces, given the geopolitical and strategic changes in the Middle East, and the close collaboration between the Israeli and American air forces.

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