The US Department of Defense confirmed on Friday that CENTCOM’s structure would be adjusted to include oversight for the Zionist entity.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that US President Donald Trump had ordered the US Department of Defense to split from decades-old practices and include Israel as part of the US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) responsibility, in light of the recently-signed Abraham Accords.
CENTCOM’s area of responsibility encompasses the Middle East and Central and South Asia, a region that stretches over 4 million square miles and has a population upwards of 550 million people.
Confirming the change-up, the department noted in a statement that Tel Aviv would be pulled from the US European Command’s area of responsibility, explaining that reassessments were conducted “every two years.”
“We structure boundaries to best mitigate risk and protect US interests and partners,” reads the statement. “The easing of tensions between Israel and its Arab neighbors subsequent to the Abraham Accords has provided a strategic opportunity for the United States to align key partners against shared threats in the Middle East.”
“Israel is a leading strategic partner for the United States, and this will open up additional opportunities for cooperation with our US Central Command partners while maintaining strong cooperation between Israel and our European allies,” it added.
The Wall Street Journal, reporting on the shift, stated that Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine general and former head of CENTCOM, on Thursday told the outlet that “the timing could be right” to shift Israel under the military command as “we could see more Arab countries recognize Israel.”
“It will make security cooperation better. It would not have made sense in the past because there was too much mistrust,” he added.