(JTA) — The chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, David Goldfein, visited Israel.
Goldfein was participating in the Blue Flag joint military exercise, a 10-day exercise in which 70 combat planes from five air forces fly against each other in 19 sorties across six different locations around the country. The exercise ended on Nov. 14 and had gone on despite the hundreds of rockets that were shot at southern and central Israeli civilian from Gaza.
Goldfein met on Nov. 15 with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and Israeli Air Force Commander Amikam Norkin, who presented Goldfein with the Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation.
Goldfein and Norkin reportedly flew together and “discussed military cooperation between the two countries, the Blue Flag exercise, the air force’s transition to fifth-generation jets as well as security, cooperation and strategic matters,” the IDF said in a statement.
He met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Nov. 14. Rivlin emphasized the importance of U.S. support for Israel’s security policy, and the unparalleled cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries in joint exercises and other fields, read a statement from his office.