Gen. Joseph Votel is the first head of the US military’s Central Command to pay an official visit to Israel. He will meet IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot, National Security adviser Meir Shabbat and other senior defense officials. They will talk about Syria, Iran and other developments in the region as well as strengthening ties between the two armies, the IDF announced. The CENTCOM head commands US troops in Syria. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that his visit to Israel is linked to President Donald Trump’s plan to pull US troops out of Syria in the face of Israel’s opposition amid concern that Iranian forces will step into the ensuing vacuum.