The United States will make available to Israel advanced new military capabilities, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Israel this month for a meeting with Moshe Yaalon, his Israeli counterpart.
Chuck Hagel's path to confirmation as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense became more secure on Thursday when Republican Senator Richard Shelby said he would support the nomination.
On the same day former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice for Defense Secretary, was being grilled in the Senate for having referred to pro-Israel advocates as the “Jewish lobby,” newly elected U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) said that he hadn’t been contacted by any advocates for the Jewish state in his first weeks on the job.
Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel in Senate hearings expanded on his apology for the use of the term "Jewish lobby," and said it was also wrong to suggest pro-Israel groups "intimidate" Congress into doing "dumb things."
President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator, as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, urging the U.S. Senate to confirm them quickly.
The National Jewish Democratic Council said it was confident Chuck Hagel would follow what it called President Obama's "unprecedented" pro-Israel record.
An Iranian nuclear weapon would be a "red line" for Israel and the United States, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Israel, where he is expected to press Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks in the wake of increased unrest.