Release No: NR-023-14
January 13, 2014
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:
Secretary Hagel called Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon this morning to offer his deepest condolences on the passing of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Secretary Hagel praised Prime Minister Sharon as a leader who dedicated his life to defending Israel's security. The secretary shared with Minister Ya'alon that he greatly admired the former prime minister, and appreciated the strong relationship that they had formed during the secretary's time in the Senate. Secretary Hagel and Minister Ya'alon reaffirmed the strength of the U.S-Israel defense relationship, and pledged to continue to work closely together on the shared challenges that the United States and Israel face.