Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
Mark Welsh III concluded a week-long secret visit to Israel on Thursday as a
guest of Israel Air Force (IAF) Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, the Israeli website Walla News reported Friday.
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh
III. Credit: United States Air Force.
According to the report, the visit was made secretly at
the request of the U.S., in light of regional tensions and the current
discourse in Israel on the possibility of attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The visit was Welsh’s first visit to Israel as the head
of the U.S. Air Force. The Israel Defense Forces reportedly saw the visit,
which included “opening new channels of communication,” as very constructive, and
agreed to increase the frequency of such visits.
During his stay, Welsh visited IAF flight squadrons and
met with pilots and senior officers, according to the report. The most
important part of his trip was said to be his meetings with Eshel. The report
said the IDF had refused to reveal what the two spoke about during their
meetings, although it was speculated that they discussed the IDF’s current
dilemmas, the instability of regimes in the region and Iran’s continued nuclear