Joint Chiefs Chair to Visit Israel

The U.S. has concerns about Israel’s judicial reforms movement. 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley will be going to Israel next week to assess first-hand what some see as a crisis in the Israeli Defense Forces over the noncooperation of service members with the government’s judicial overhaul. General Milley will seek to determine the implications of those decisions for U.S. forces in the Middle East. 

According to a U.S. official, the Pentagon is concerned that problems facing the Israeli military could affect that nation’s overall defense posture and potentially encourage Iran or Hezbollah to move to escalate the military situations in the region.

Israeli Air Force Reserve pilots have suspended their service or refused to report for duty. The reservists have reportedly said they will only return to volunteer service if the judicial overhaul is suspended indefinitely. 

Chairman Milley is expected to meet with senior Israeli security officials. It is unclear whether he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for General Milley as he prepares to assess the situation with the Israeli Defense Forces.
  • For U.S. officials to be discerning regarding their responses to Israeli leaders’ governance.
  • That God would guide the Joint Chiefs chairman in his meetings and evaluations.

Sources: Axios, Times of Israel


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