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Israeli Defense Minister Updates Hagel on Cease-fire

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received an update by phone yesterday from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on the cease-fire underway between Israel and the militant group Hamas, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

“Secretary Hagel reiterated his support for Egypt's mediation efforts and underscored the importance of achieving a sustainable outcome that ensures Israel's security and addresses Gaza's humanitarian crisis,” Kirby said in a statement summarizing the call.

Hagel and Yaalon agreed to continue working closely on the broad range of security issues facing the United States and Israel and agreed to speak again soon, he added.

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