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US awards Legion of Merit to visiting IDF chief

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, left, awards the Legion of Merit to IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi on November 21, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, left, awards the Legion of Merit to IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi on November 21, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley awards IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi with the Legion of Merit for “deepening the strategic partnership between Israel and the US,” the Israeli military says.

Milley presented Kohavi with the Legion of Merit following an honor guard ceremony outside the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

“Kohavi exemplified the spirit of collaboration and cooperation in furthering the strategic partnership of the United States and the State of Israel,” the text of the award reads.

The Legion of Merit can be awarded by the US Armed Forces to foreign military and political officials who “distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services,” according to US law. It is the sixth-highest honor that the United States can bestow on a US citizen.

Many of Kohavi’s predecessors have also received the award.

Kohavi is in the US for a five-day trip, during which he is meeting American defense officials for discussions focused on the Iranian threat, the IDF says.

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