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U.S., Israel Hold Defense Policy Advisory Group Meeting

Oct. 24, 2018
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Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood co-chaired a meeting of the U.S.-Israel Defense Policy Advisory Group with his counterpart from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Director of Policy and Political Military Affairs Zohar Palti, Oct. 22-23, at the Pentagon.

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Israeli Director of Policy and Political Military Affairs Zohar Palti, left, meets with Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood at the Pentagon, Oct. 23, 2018.
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The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continuing the strong, enduring military partnership that has developed over decades of cooperation.

Five Things You Need To Know:

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The two-day discussion was led by Rood and Palti and included civilian and military personnel from the Defense Department and the Israeli Defense Ministry.
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The purpose of the meeting was to help set priorities for U.S.-Israeli defense cooperation in the coming year.
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Four main areas discussed: regional security; missile defense; interoperability planning; and counter terrorism, specifically counter-unmanned aerial system collaboration.
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Rood, the U.S. lead, reiterated support for Israel's inherent right to self-defense, and the U.S.' strong commitment to Israel's qualitative military edge.
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The two groups agreed to hold the same forum in 2019 as an anchor for other continuous engagements and dialogue.