U.S. sends message to Israel, Iran, schedules joint military exercise with IDF

Senate votes for greater military support of Israel including what could be seen as direct support for an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

A joint U.S.-Israeli military exercise in 2006.

In an apparent attempt to signal to Israel and Iran that the United States means business with regards to Israel’s security, a top U.S. military officer said on Friday that the United States and Israel are expected to hold a delayed, joint military exercise sometime around October or November, after postponing it earlier this year.

In addition to the military exercise, the U.S. Senate voted for a bill affirming U.S. commitment to Israel as well as calling for an array of further actions to be taken to this end, some of which could be seen as direct support for an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program in case the diplomatic negotiations currently taking place fail to get Iran to cooperate with the west.

Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he wasn’t sure what the final decision was on timing after high-level talks in Israel this week.

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