SHAPE Partnership Directorate documents enhanced military cooperation with the Israeli Defence Force
SHAPE's Military Partnership Directorate meets with the Israeli Defence Force on Monday, April 8, 2019 to formalize a plan documenting enhanced military cooperation.
Apr 15, 2019
MONS, Belgium -
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and a small NATO delegation from
SHAPE's Military Partnership Directorate (MPD) met to formalise a plan that documents the
enhanced military cooperation between NATO and the IDF on Monday, April 8, 2019
in Tel Aviv.
Brigadier General Erez Maisel, Head of the IDF’s International
Military Cooperation Branch, and Colonel Alexander Schwab, Executive Officer to
SHAPE’s PD, together signed a working
plan that translates the political and military objectives from NATO HQ into
partnership objectives and activity interests for the next three years. It represents the latest symbol of NATO’s
engagement with a motivated partner.
"This military cooperation plan reaffirms the importance of
bilateral cooperation between Israel and NATO.” said Brigadier General Maisel.
"We now have a better understanding of NATO and look forward to our future
cooperation in practical military activities,” he added.
The military-level work plan signed between NATO and the IDF
will only improve upon the political objectives.
"We are pleased with the level of military cooperation between
NATO and Israel,” said Colonel Schwab. "We look forward to the advancement of
partnership objectives that reflect our mutual interests.”
NATO Partners are significant contributors to global security, enabling
NATO’s core task of Collective Defence and Security. Israel has been a partner in the Mediterranean
Dialogue framework since 1994 and the latest Individual Partnership and
Cooperation Programme was approved last month. NATO’s partnerships serve to increase mutual
cooperation and contribute to peace and security for the broader international
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office