U.S. Air Force Chief Mark Welsh III makes under-the-radar visit to Israel

(Israel 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 work.


Posted on August 9, 2013 .