US military chief visits to observe joint Israel-US exercise

(28 Oct 2012) SHOTLIST
1. Wide of US Army General Martin Dempsey shaking hands with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak
2. Various of Dempsey and Barak standing
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ehud Barak, Israeli Defence minister:
“We are glad to have General Dempsey here visiting the Austere Challenge exercise, joint exercise, of significant magnitude, to make sure that we know how to cooperate if need will arrive in the area of anti-missile defence.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Dempsey, US Army General:
“I’m honoured to be here and to see our soldiers working together, as we always do, our airmen, our sailors, because this is a joint exercise that seeks to help us cooperate against not just long range missiles, but rockets and artillery, and so I’m very excited about the opportunity.”
5. Mid of meeting
The American military chief is in Israel to observe the largest defence drill ever between the two countries.
General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, met on Sunday night with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak at the beginning of his visit.
He’ll also be meeting with his Israeli counterpart and the country’s president.
The main objective of his visit is to oversee elements of Austere Challenge 2012.
The air defence drill includes more than 3,500 Americans and 1,000 Israelis. The militaries are practicing their ability to work together against a range of threats facing Israel, the main US ally in the Mideast.
The joint exercise tests multiple Israeli and American air defence systems against incoming missiles and rockets from places as far away as Iran.

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