The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has given responsibility for the defense plan of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) with the Military Liaison and Israel. Prior to this, Israel was under the responsibility of the European Command (EUCOM).
The change announced by the Pentagon on 15 January follows recent diplomatic measures by President Donald Trump to end political and military segregation of the Jewish state with several Arab countries.
Prior to the realization, EUCOM was responsible for coordinating military-to-military relations with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. CENTCOM will now carry out these functions at its main headquarters in Tampa, Florida and its headquarters in the Middle East.
According to the Department of Defense, the measure is part of a change in the Unified Command Plan. “The post-Abraham Accord (in 2020) provided a strategic opportunity for the United States to align its main allies against common threats in the Middle East, to reduce tensions between Israel and its Arab neighbors.” DoD said in a statement.