Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has outlined the steps the U.S. and Israel are taking to foster security in the Middle East as part of a shared commitment between the two countries, DoD News reported Tuesday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes that Carter highlighted the U.S. pledge to help Israel bolster its security amid threats in the region such as the Islamic State group’s activities.
“Israel is a cornerstone of our strategy in the Middle East, and its security and qualitative military edge are a top priority for America, for our military and for me personally,” the secretary told reporters at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
Carter noted that the U.S. will continue its work on strengthening its military posture in the region, developing Israel’s qualitative military edge, furthering joint training and exercises and supporting the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow air defense systems.
“Going forward, we will ensure that our forces and the unmatched power they bring to bear remain kept at the ready,” Carter said.