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  • Senate approves Carter as new defense secretary

    February 12, 2015 | 1:34 pm

    The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to confirm Ashton Carter as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense.

    Carter, 60, who was approved in a 93-5 vote, served as deputy defense secretary, the Pentagon's No. 2 position, from 2011 to 2013. He was also the Defense...

  • Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

    December 5, 2014 | 9:44 am

    President Barack Obama nominated longtime Defense Department understudy Ashton Carter as his fourth defense secretary on Friday to replace Chuck Hagel, the lone Republican in Obama's Cabinet, who resigned last week after disagreements with the White House.

    In Carter, Obama gets a...

  • Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon

    December 2, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said.

    Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the...

  • Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary

    November 24, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan.

    It was the first major change to Obama's...

  • Yaalon denied meetings with senior U.S. officials

    October 27, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was denied meetings with senior Obama administration officials during his U.S. visit, according to media reports citing senior U.S. officials.

    While in Washington last week Yaalon requested and was denied meetings with  Vice President Joe...

  • Hagel, meeting with Yaalon, reaffirms U.S.-Israel defense relationship

    October 22, 2014 | 9:20 am

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the United States’ “deep commitment” to Israel’s  security,  and the importance of the U.S.-Israel defense relationship during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart.

    Hagel and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon met Tuesday...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    September 8, 2014 | 10:32 am

    Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

    Once "scrubbed" of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with...

  • Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen,’ Pentagon says

    August 21, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

    "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere...

  • Hagel says he is not aware of Israel spying on U.S

    May 15, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Thursday he was unaware of any truth to a media report that Israel has been spying on the United States.

    Asked during a press conference in Tel Aviv about a Newsweek magazine story quoting unnamed U.S. officials as saying Israel was...

  • Yaalon calls Hagel, clarifies remarks seen as criticizing U.S.

    March 20, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon called his American counterpart Chuck Hagel to clarify remarks attributed to him that criticized the United States.

    The call to Hagel, the U.S. secretary of defense, came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry complained directly to Israeli...

  • Hagel: U.S. ‘clear-eyed’ on Iran’s support for terror

    November 1, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    The United States is testing Iran’s diplomatic intentions but remains “clear-eyed” on Iran’s role as a state-sponsor of terror and exporter of extremism, said U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

    “But foreign policy is not a zero-sum game,” he said. “If we can find ways to...

  • Hagel, in meeting with Yaalon, pledges to remain firm with Iran

    October 9, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon for the third time in six months.

    Hagel told Yaalon during Tuesday’s meeting that while U.S. officials intend to test the prospect for a diplomatic solution with Iran, “we...

  • Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

    September 10, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

    A potential diplomatic breakthrough put the...

  • West could hit Syria in days, envoys tell rebels

    August 27, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

    U.S. forces in the region are "ready to go", Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said,...

  • Defense chiefs Hagel and Yaalon to meet in D.C.

    June 11, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Yaalon, will meet this week.

    A Pentagon official told JTA that the two defense chiefs would meet in Washington on Friday, but did not provide further details.

    Israel and the United States are closely cooperating in tracking Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program and formulating strategy over how to prevent it.

    Hagel and Yaalon met last month in Israel in their first meeting since taking their posts.

  • Hagel: U.S. strategy is to reinforce Israel, Arab allies

    May 9, 2013 | 6:06 pm

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said reinforcing Israel's edge and bolstering security relationships with neighbors like Egypt were both U.S. priorities.

    Hagel, speaking Thursday to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's annual Soref Symposium, described his recent...

  • Syrian rebels increasingly frustrated

    May 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Gazing out at the rubble which was all that remained of a four story apartment complex in the city of Azaz just south of the Turkish border, 41 year old bricklayer Khalid Jaza’iri did not see much to be optimistic about. 


  • May 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 3, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline: Hagel Confirms U.S. Is Considering Arming Syrian Rebels

    To Read: Aaron David Miller examines the challenges facing Obama at home and abroad through the prism of one of his (Obama's) favorite philosophers, Reinold Niebuhr-

    The good news is that Obama has...

  • April 26, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2013 | 3:26 am

    Headline: Defense Secretary Hagel Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons

    To Read: Michael Gerson gives his personal recollections of the former President whose Presidential Library dedication took place yesterday:

    For years, I saw Bush through the small but revealing aperture...

  • U.S. believes Syria used chemical weapons but says facts needed

    April 25, 2013 | 11:21 am

    U.S. intelligence agencies believe Syria's government has likely used chemical weapons on a small scale, the White House said on Thursday, but added that President Barack Obama needed "credible and corroborated" facts before acting on that assessment.

    The disclosure of the...

  • U.S. to provide Israel with advanced weapons, Hagel announces

    April 22, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    The United States will make available to Israel advanced new military capabilities, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

    The advanced weapons include anti-radiation missiles, advanced radars for its fleet of fighter jets,  KC-135 refueling aircraft  the V-22 Osprey, which the US...

  • Hosting U.S. defense chief, Israel hints at patience on Iran

    April 22, 2013 | 7:46 am

    Israel suggested on Monday it would be patient before taking any military action against Iran's nuclear program, saying during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel there was still time for other options.

    With Iran's presidential election approaching in June there has...

  • April 22, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 22, 2013 | 3:18 am

    The US

    Headline: Arms deal with Middle East allies signal to Iran: Hagel

    To Read: Longtime Itzhak Rabin Advisor Eitan Haber is impressed by the American vigor following the Boston Bombing-

    Well, we could say that the terror and manhunt in Boston concern us in the State of...

  • Defense chiefs Hagel and Yaalon to meet in Israel

    April 9, 2013 | 8:00 am

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Israel this month for a meeting with Moshe Yaalon, his Israeli counterpart.

    Reuters on Tuesday quoted an unnamed Israeli defense official as naming April 21-23 as the dates for Hagel's Israel visit, and a Pentagon official...

  • Carl Levin won’t run again

    March 7, 2013 | 3:03 pm

    Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), a veteran Jewish lawmaker who for years was a major influence in defense policy, will not seek reelection.

    Levin, 78, was quoted Thursday by The Associated Press as saying that his decision was "extremely difficult" but that he wanted to serve out the...

  • Washington Diary: Worry About Hagel-Out, Worry About Kerry- In

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 6, 2013 | 4:26 am

    The need to worry about something or someone is a constant element of Jewish political life. In fact, most of us are capable of worrying about many things simultaneously and we often add new items to our list of worries without ever getting rid of the old ones.

    After just ending...

  • March 6, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 6, 2013 | 3:07 am

    The US

    Headline:  Senate committee approves Brennan for CIA post, 12 to 3

    To Read: Rami Khouri criticizes US policy in Syria, arguing that by trying to avoid anti-American animosity and Islamist dominated disorder, the US is creating anti-American animosity and Islamist...

  • U.S. aims to support Israeli defense systems despite budget cuts

    March 5, 2013 | 10:04 am

    New U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with his Israeli counterpart on Tuesday, expressing strong support for Israeli missile and rocket defense systems despite fiscal uncertainty caused by across-the-board spending cuts.

    "Secretary Hagel is committed to working with members...

  • Hagel to meet Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak in D.C.

    March 3, 2013 | 7:47 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is scheduled to be the first foreign defense minister to meet with newly confirmed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

    The two men will meet at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed U.S. official.

    The meeting will take...

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