Though military intervention in the Middle East is an ongoing source of contention between Israel and the United States Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had nothing but praise for the American military in a meeting with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in Jerusalem.
“You’ve been a wonderful friend and a grand champion of America and America-Israel relations,” Netanyahu told Dempsey during their meeting, according to the Times of Israel.
“We appreciate it,” he continued. “I want to take this opportunity to also express our respect and deep admiration for America’s fighting men and women.”
Netanyahu added: “We know you’re extended around the world, including in our region… We know we have no better friends than the American people, the American governments, the American fighting men and women. You fight for America, but you also fight for freedom.”
In turn, Dempsey prayed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “The greatest gift has been the friendship we’ve managed to forge with the leaders in the IDF, and I know you’re proud of them but we are too,” he said. “It’s our Constitution, and you know, that’s what inspires us — as I know service to your nation inspires you.”
The meeting between Dempsey and Netanyahu was intended to reaffirm the ties between the U.S. and Israel, who are increasingly at odds over issues like Palestine and the Iranian nuclear deal.