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Originally published Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

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US military chief meets new Israeli commander

The U.S. military chief has met the incoming Israeli military commander at a time when turmoil in Egypt has left other nations in the region nervous.

The Associated Press

JERUSALEM —

The U.S. military chief has met the incoming Israeli military commander at a time when turmoil in Egypt has left other nations in the region nervous.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is visiting Israel briefly for talks apparently aimed at reassuring Israel, which is concerned about instability in Egypt and the future of a 1979 peace treaty.

Mullen met the incoming Israeli military chief of staff, Benny Gantz, who was approved by Israel's Cabinet on Sunday and takes over Monday. Mullen has talks scheduled with Israel's defense minister and president.

The U.S. commander arrived in Israel from Jordan, where he met King Abdullah II. The king replaced his Cabinet in response to demonstrations triggered by the mass protests in Egypt.

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