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Washington - Hagel To Meet Israeli Defense Minister Barak At Pentagon

Published on: March 2, 2013 07:30 PM
By: Reuters
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2nd L) holds his first meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General John M. Paxton, Jr. (L), U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (4th R), General of the Army Ray Odierno (3rd R), U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert (2nd R) and U.S. Army General Frank Grass (R) in a briefing room called "The Tank" at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, March 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2nd L) holds his first meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General John M. Paxton, Jr. (L), U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (4th R), General of the Army Ray Odierno (3rd R), U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert (2nd R) and U.S. Army General Frank Grass (R) in a briefing room called "The Tank" at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, March 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Washington - New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, whom Republican critics have sought to portray as anti-Israel, will meet Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Pentagon on Tuesday for his first face-to-face visit with a foreign counterpart.

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A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the talks between the U.S. and Israeli defense chiefs would include discussions on Iran, but did not offer details.

“The secretary is honored that Minister Barak will be the first foreign counterpart that he will host at the Pentagon,” the official said, adding the two had known each other for more than a decade.

Barak’s visit to the Pentagon coincides with a conference from Sunday to Tuesday of the leading U.S. pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, at which Barak, a former Israeli prime minister, is scheduled to speak.

Hagel was put on the defensive during his Senate confirmation hearing for once accusing a “Jewish lobby” of intimidating people in Washington, comments the former two-term Republican senator has repeatedly said he regretted.

Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, has spoken strongly about America’s close defense ties with Israel and the need to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Iran says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

 

 


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 Mar 02, 2013 at 07:47 PM ExpatriateOwl Says:

Don't be deceived!

Hagel is having the meeting so that he will thenceforth be free to bash Israel, consistent with the policies of his boss.

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 07:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Thought Barak was out of politics?

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 10:18 PM Both Sides Now Says:

Reply to #1  
ExpatriateOwl Says:

Don't be deceived!

Hagel is having the meeting so that he will thenceforth be free to bash Israel, consistent with the policies of his boss.

And if he didn't have this meeting you would also have complaints.

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 11:35 PM Anonymous Says:

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ExpatriateOwl Says:

Don't be deceived!

Hagel is having the meeting so that he will thenceforth be free to bash Israel, consistent with the policies of his boss.

No real words to tell you what a dumb and childish comment you make.

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