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US Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Joseph Dunford is slated to arrive Monday for a two-day visit to Israel.

The commander will be hosted by his Israeli counterpart, IDF Lt.-Gen. Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot, in what will be their fourth such meeting.

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The two men are old friends who deeply respect each others’ records; Last August Eizenkot received the U.S. Legion of Merit from Dunford during the honor guard ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington.

Dunford is also scheduled to meet with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

On the agenda discussions will reportedly focus on Russia and the chemical weapons that remain in Syria, as well as the ongoing attempts by Iran to transfer advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terrorist organization, and developments in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.