The United States will be adding Israel to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in a move to solidify Arab-Israeli efforts against Iran. This move by the Trump administration comes just a few days before President-elect Biden assumes power.

CENTCOM has been actively involved in operations in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf during the Global War on Terror.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that President Trump ordered CENTCOM to add Israel to the countries for which it has responsibility. Military Times wrote, “It is the crowning piece of Trump’s efforts to stitch together disparate nations with a common enemy, following the signing of the Abraham Accords, in which Israel normalized relations with former enemies Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.”

For years, Israel, one of America’s closest allies, has been involved in the European Command. This is because, in the past, the state of Israel was not recognized by most of the region’s countries. Therefore, it was difficult for the U.S. to host Israeli generals and their Arab counterparts. But now that the regional situation has changed, Israel will become the 21st country of CENTCOM.