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Release No: NR-335-14
June 23, 2014

Statement from Rear Adm Kirby on Secretary Hagel's telephone call today with Israeli Minister of Defense

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

Secretary Hagel spoke via telephone today with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon.

Minister Ya'alon provided the secretary with an update on recent developments, including the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers in the West Bank and yesterday's cross-border incident that killed an Israeli teenager and wounded two other Israelis. Secretary Hagel offered his sympathies for those affected by the violence in the Golan Heights, pledged our continued support, and expressed his shared concern over the violence in Syria and Iraq. He also updated Minister Ya'alon on U.S. views on the events unfolding in the Middle East.

The two leaders agreed to continue working closely with one another on the broad range of security issues facing the United States and Israel.

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