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 community.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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