Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff, flew out of Israel Wednesday, April 2, from three days of talks with Israeli leaders, asserting: “I think they are satisfied we have the capability [to use a military option against Iran]. I think they believe we will use it.”
debkafile sources tracking his talks did not receive that impression from Israeli officials. They did not subscribe to his statement that “Israel and the United States are in broad agreement about the threat that Iran poses to the region and how to deal with it.”
During his visit, Gen. Dempsey paid calls on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, as well as military intelligence (AMAN) chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. He also raised eyebrows in security circles.
When he made his own arrangements to see certain retired Israeli generals, including former AMAN head Amos Yadlin, none of his interlocutors knew what he was talking about when he summed up his visit by saying, “Our clocks are more harmonized than they were two years ago.”