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Juniper Oak 23.2 - U.S. & Israel Conduct Largest Partnered Military Exercise in History

On January 26, 2023, the United States and Israel successfully concluded what would be the largest ever partnered military exercise between the two countries. The the U.S.-Israel military partnership is stronger than it ever has been, and it continues to grow, stated Army Gen. Michael "Erik" Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command in a news release, while aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier today.

"I've observed our forces alongside Israeli troops firing HIMARS and MLRS rockets, conducting maritime operations, executing highly complex flight operations, coordinating close air support, operating together on land, at sea and in the air," Kurilla said, referring to the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System and Multiple Launch Rocket System.[1]

The U.S. State Department said in its bilateral fact sheet."Israel has no greater friend than the United States...Americans and Israelis are united by our shared commitment to democracy, economic prosperity, and regional security. The unbreakable bond between our two countries has never been stronger.”

The alliance between the two countries dates back decades as the United States was the first country to recognize Israel's statehood in 1948. In 2017, then-President Donald Trump publicly recognized Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.[2] 

[1] Largest U.S.-Israeli Exercise in History Concludes > U.S. Department of Defense > Defense Department News



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