Top Italian military officer Graziano visits IDF headquarters
Gen. Claudio Graziano, the Italian military's chief of staff, arrived in Israel on Tuesday and was welcomed by his Israeli counterpart, Lieut. Gen. Gady Eisenkot, in a ceremony at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. The IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement that the two senior officers will discuss the shared security challenges of the two countries and joint maneuvers in the region. DEBKAfile's intelligence and military sources report that the meetings will also deal with intelligence cooperation, the strengthening of ties between the defense industries of the two countries, and especially the defense of the future gas pipeline and other undersea infrastructure in the Mediterranean that will pass through the territorial waters of both Israel and Italy.