Gen. Martin Dempsey - AP - December 2011
Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Photo by AP

The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, will meet with his Israeli counterparts on Friday in a bid to coordinate steps and clarify Israel's intentions with regard to a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations.

Gen. Dempsey arrived in Israel on Thursday on his first visit to the country. He will meet on Friday with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, followed by a meeting with the head of the IDF planning division, Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan, and the head of the IDF's intelligence division, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

The IDF said the joint discussion with senior IDF staff would deal with cooperation between the two countries' armies and the joint security challenges they face.

Gen. Dempsey will also meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and will pay a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum.

On Thursday, evening Dempsey had dinner in Tel Aviv with Gantz. The two also met earlier in the week at the NATO headquarters, where they discussed enhanced regional cooperation to prevent weapon smuggling in the Middle East.