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Top U.S. general to visit Israel amid strategy differences

Source: Reuters - Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:28 GMT
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JERUSALEM, March 29 (Reuters) - The United States' top military officer will visit Israel next week where he will meet the defence minister who has angered Washington by criticising its strategies in the Middle East and Ukraine.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon in Jerusalem on Sunday, an Israeli government official said on Saturday. Another official said he was expected to stay through Tuesday.

In a statement, the Israeli military said Dempsey and his hosts would discuss "issues of mutual strategic interest, while continuing to build on this important defence relationship".

The visit would reflect "the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel's security," it said.

The U.S. State Department has said it is disappointed Yaalon has not apologised for remarks he made at a closed-door meeting this month ridiculing Secretary of State John Kerry's push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord and saying that Washington's handling of the Ukraine crisis projected weakness.

In remarks leaked to the media, Yaalon, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, suggested that Israel might have to make good on a long-standing threat to attack Iran's nuclear programme unilaterally if it lost faith in Washington,

He responded to Washington's condemnation by saying he valued the alliance, but stopped short of apologising.

The Israeli military said the Dempsey visit would include media opportunities but that these had not been finalised. (Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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