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Release No: NR-135-14
March 20, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's call yesterday with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed deep concern about the minister's comments on U.S. policy towards Iran and reiterated the U.S. commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Minister Ya'alon clarified his remarks by underscoring his commitment to the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

"Minster Ya'alon also provided the secretary with an update on Israel's security situation and yesterday's operation. The secretary expressed his sympathy for the wounded Israeli forces and their families, as well as his concern for the ongoing situation in Syria.

"The secretary and minister pledged to continue working closely with one another on the range of security issues facing the United States and Israel."

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