Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey visited
Friday the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.
During his visit, Dempsey lit the memorial "Eternal Flame" torch and laid a wreath at the Yizkor tent. The US general stated that the US will work together with Israel to
make sure that such atrocities never happen again.
Dempsey also signed the Yad Vashem guest book, writing that his country is committed to the protection of Israel and will do everything to prevent such a human tragedy from reoccurring.
Earlier, the general visited the IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv, where he met with Gantz and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Barak (L), Gantz and Dempsey (Photo: Defense Ministry)
Dempsey noted that his visit in Israel reflects his country's commitment to the safety of Israel. Gantz replied by saying that the two countries share similar interests and values.
Later on Sunday, Dempsey met with President Shimon Peres
and told him that the United States is honored to have Israel as a partner. Peres noted that the struggle against Iran's
nuclear program is not only Israel's and the United States' struggle – but an international struggle for the safety of all nations."