Hagel Arrives in Israel for Inaugural Trip to Middle East

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel boards an Air Force E-4B aircraft upon departing Joint Base Andrews, Md., April 20, 2013.  Hagel is starting a six-day trip to the Middle East, where he will visit foreign counterparts in Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens to a question from Dan DeLuce, a reporter for Agence France-Presse, during a news briefing en route to Israel, April 20, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press during a news conference en route to Israel, April 20, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Udi Shani, center right, director general of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, center, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, far left, upon his arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 21, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, shakes hands with Udi Shani, director general of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, upon his arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 21, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, laughs with Udi Shani, second from right, director general of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, center, upon his arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel, April, 21, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo