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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 027-97
January 22, 1997

DEFENSE OFFICIALS MEET WITH ISRAELI COUNTER-TERRORIST COUNTERPARTS

Ambassador H. Allen Holmes, the United States assistant secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, and American Joint Chiefs of Staff representatives are visiting Israel this week as the guests of the Ministry of Defense.

Ambassador Holmes is in Israel for talks with his Israeli colleagues on the important issues of counter-terrorism cooperation and force protection. Department of Defense discussions with Israel in this area are part of President Clinton's commitment to assist and aid Israel in the fight against terrorism.

Members of Ambassador Holmes' delegation are also studying Israeli force protection capabilities in an effort to take advantage of Israel's extensive experience and expertise in this area.