Rivlin to Dempsey: I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli

This is a bit of a difficult argument to refute. After all Reuven Rivlin is the president of Israel. And, he was born in Jerusalem before the modern state of Israel was created. So, he told the visiting chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that people like him who are now U.S. citizens weren’t born in Israel, makes absolutely no sense. Click here to read the story.

TOP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON CAPITOL HILL MAKING CASE FOR ATTACK ON SYRIA

Top Obama administration officials face tough questions Tuesday as they make their case for a military strike in Syria in their first public congressional hearing on the issue.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey sit before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday afternoon. Read more here.

 

DEMPSEY ISRAEL, JORDAN-BOUND

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will travel this weekend to Israel and Jordan.

A senior Defense Department official said the focus of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s trip will be to discuss issues of mutual interest with his counterparts and to continue building on these important defense relationships.

In Israel, the official said, the chairman expects to discuss the unwavering U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, including potential threats from Iran, the ongoing civil war in Syria, and uncertainty in the Sinai.

While in Jordan, the official added, Dempsey plans to visit U.S. troops and to gain a richer understanding of how the conflict in Syria is affecting Jordan and the region.

The general last visited Israel in October, and his last trip to Jordan was in April 2012.

 

MCCAIN, DEMPSEY CROSS SWORDS OVER SYRIA

Sen. John McCain and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sparred over the situation in Syria during the top military officer’s reconfirmation hearing Thursday morning.

McCain has been a strong supporter of military action in Syria and has accused the Obama administration of being inactive when it comes to taking a strong enough stance against President Bashar Assad and his supporters.