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  • Leon Panetta criticizes Obama for non-activism at Pearl lecture

    By Tom Tugend

    April 9, 2015 | 11:40 am

    With some 50 years of public service as an eight-term California congressman, as President Clinton’s chief of staff and President Obama’s Secretary of Defense and CIA director, Leon Panetta believes in the value of experience.

    So it came as no major surprise when he endorsed two...

  • Democrats decry delay in vote for Hagel as defense chief

    February 14, 2013 | 8:29 am

    Chuck Hagel's nomination to be U.S. defense secretary went into political limbo on Thursday as Republicans stepped up blocking tactics and Democrats accused them of putting the country at risk by delaying the filling of a major security post.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...

  • Ehud Barak coming to Washington for consultations

    February 11, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with top defense officials.

    Barak, who announced in November that he was retiring from politics and did not run in the January elections, "will meet with senior administration officials and the heads of the...

  • Senate panel sets Tuesday vote on Hagel nomination

    February 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    A U.S. Senate panel plans to vote on Tuesday afternoon on the bitterly contested nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, the committee said on Monday.

    Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which must approve...

  • Pentagon lifts U.S. ban on women in combat

    January 24, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles on Thursday in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. armed forces after 11 years of nonstop war, during which the front lines were often not clearly defined.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General...

  • Obama nominates Hagel as Defense Secretary, Brennan for CIA

    January 7, 2013 | 10:32 am

    President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, potentially setting up a Senate confirmation battle on two fronts and establishing a tough tone to start his...

  • Obama to nominate Kerry for sec. of state

    December 21, 2012 | 9:45 am

    President Obama is set to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state.

    A White House official said Obama would make the announcement Friday afternoon.

    Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee and would likely be...

  • The Hagel dialectic: Defenders and detractors tussle over Israel record

    December 19, 2012 | 9:18 am

    The expected nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary has sparked an outcry from segments of the pro-Israel community.

    Media reports in recent days have said that Hagel, a Republican who represented Nebraska from 1997-2009 in the U.S. Senate, is...

  • Obama administration pledges more funding for Iron Dome

    November 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    The Obama administration will seek additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile program in the wake of its successes in the most recent Israel-Hamas war.

    "This spring, we announced that we would provide $70 million in fiscal 2012 on top of the $205 million previously...

  • Obama administration pledges more funding for Iron Dome

    November 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    The Obama administration will seek additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile program in the wake of its successes in the most recent Israel-Hamas war.

    "This spring, we announced that we would provide $70 million in fiscal 2012 on top of the $205 million previously...

  • Barak: U.S. deployment against Iran ‘impressive’

    September 7, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, called the recent deployment of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf "impressive" and suggested that the United States is prepared to deal with Iran.

    "Israel reserves the right to make sovereign decisions, and the U.S. respects that, but no...

  • Israel to U.S.: Time running out in Iran nuclear dispute

    August 1, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Israel warned visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday that time was running out for a peaceful settlement to the nuclear dispute with Iran, saying sanctions and tough talk over possible military action were failing to sway Tehran.

    Speculation is rampant over...

  • August 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 1, 2012 | 2:21 am


    Israel Under Siege

    Writing in the Daily Beast, Benny Morris explains why he sees Israel as the most dangerous place in the world for Jews.

    But for Israel the “Arab Spring” represents a dramatic, abrupt tightening of the noose. The takeover of the Gaza Strip by...

  • Panetta: no Iran attack plans to be discussed with Israel

    July 31, 2012 | 11:57 am

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta denied media reports on Tuesday that he would discuss possible military attack plans against Iran during a brief visit to Israel.

    Speaking at a press conference in Cairo shortly before departing for Israel, Panetta said he would be talking...

  • July 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 31, 2012 | 1:18 am


    A terrorist is a terrorist. Europe got it wrong

    In an opinion piece for the Times of London, Tzipi Livni raps the European Union for its failure to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

    Conferring legitimacy on terrorist organisations simply because they also...

  • An angry Netanyahu is good for Iran negotiations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2012 | 9:06 am

    WASHINGTON - Once again nuclear negotiations are taking place, and once again there’s a gap ‎between the gloomy tone of the Israeli observers and the optimistic, albeit guarded, ‎noises on the American side. It’s doubtful that anything concrete will come of Wednesday’s ‎talks...

  • Panetta announces $70 million for Iron Dome near term

    May 17, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    The Obama administration said it would rush $70 million to Israel in order to enhance its Iron Dome missile defense system, with more money in the pipeline.

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday after meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Ehud Barak, that he was directed...

  • Amid new Iran nuke rumors, Barak and Panetta to meet

    May 16, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, in Washington amid reports that Iran may have achieved the capability to build a nuclear bomb.

    Israel has said that such a capability is a “red line” that could trigger military action.


  • Panetta hopes Gantz is ‘correct’ on Iran assessment

    April 27, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Leon Panetta, the U.S. defense secretary, said he hoped Israel’s top soldier was “correct” in assessing that the Iranian regime was rational.

    “I would hope he’s correct and he knows something more that I do,” Panetta was quoted as saying Thursday by AFP, the French news service,...

  • White House: Obama didn’t discuss bunker busters with Netanyahu

    March 8, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    A White House spokesman denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran.

    “In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached,”...

  • U.S. official: Netanyahu asked Panetta to approve sale of bunker-busting bombs

    March 6, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the United States approve the sale of advanced refueling aircraft as well as GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs to Israel during a recent meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.

    The American official...

  • Panetta: U.S. will act on Iran if all else fails

    March 6, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    The United States will act against Iran if all efforts to end its suspected nuclear weapons program fail, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

    “Military action is the last alternative when all else fails,” he said Tuesday, the last day of the annual policy conference of the American...

  • Top Israeli official: Conflicting U.S. remarks hurt efforts to press Iran

    March 1, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    Though Israeli officials are deeply divided over whether Israel should attack Iran in the coming months, they are united on one point - a flood of contradictory statements about Iran’s nuclear program by U.S. officials in recent weeks is undermining efforts to increase pressure on...

  • Barak to meet with Panetta in Washington

    February 27, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, and other key U.S. security officials.

    Barak, who left Israel on Monday, is arriving just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet...

  • Panetta: Israel has not decided to attack Iran

    February 14, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Senate committee that he does not believe Israel has decided definitely to attack Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

    Panetta also told the Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the United States and Israel have “common cause” on Iran to prevent...

  • Panetta believes Israel may strike Iran this spring, report says

    February 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a growing possibility Israel will attack Iran as early as April to stop Tehran from building a nuclear bomb, U.S. media reported on Thursday.

    The Washington Post first reported that Panetta was concerned about the increased likelihood...

  • Panetta: It would take Iran one year to make nuclear bomb

    January 30, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said it would take Iran approximately one year to build a nuclear bomb.

    “The consensus is that if they decided to do it, it would probably take them about a year to be able to produce a bomb and then possibly another one to two years in order to put...

  • Panetta: Iranian nuke is a ‘red line’

    December 20, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    An Iranian nuclear weapon would be a “red line” for Israel and the United States, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

    “We share the same common concern,” Panetta told CBS News in an interview broadcast Monday. “The United States does not want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon....

  • Remarks on Israel by three U.S. officials spark furor

    December 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The Obama administration is reaping a whirlwind of criticism in the wake of pointed remarks about Israel by several U.S. officials over three days.

    The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, caused an uproar when he suggested on Dec. 1 that hostility among European Arabs and...

  • Panetta: Israel must address its growing isolation

    December 2, 2011 | 4:51 pm

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on Israel on Friday to take diplomatic steps to address what he described as its growing isolation in the Middle East.

    Panetta, in prepared remarks that he was due to deliver in Washington on Friday evening, stressed U.S. efforts to bolster...

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