IDF Chief Supports Idea of Defence Pact With US to Counter ‘Extreme Threats’, Israeli Envoy Says

In September, US President Donald Trump confirmed that he had spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the prospects of signing a mutual defence treaty which Trump said may “anchor the tremendous alliance” between the two countries.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer has stated that the Jewish state’s military chief supports the idea of clinching a bilateral defence pact with the US.   

Speaking to the Jewish Institute for National Security of America conference, a Washington-based think tank, on Tuesday, Dermer said that the idea have been endorsed by israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to Dermer, the Trump administration’s “senior members” and some “senior senators” are also “positively inclined” about the idea. Neither the IDF spokesperson’s office nor Trump administration officials have yet commented on the matter.

“There is serious interest [in the pact] on both sides,” Dermer noted, adding that “such a treaty would provide us with an additional layer of deterrence against the most extreme threats that israel faces.”

Responding to concerns that the treaty “could inhibit Israel’s freedom of operation,” he underscored that the Jewish state “must never, and will never agree to a defence treaty that ties our hands.”

According to him, Israel should clinch a “narrow treaty” that could…

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