White House: Hagel is a staunch supporter of Israel

January 7, 2013 21:22

Senator Chuck Hagel has been a staunch supporter of Israel and of the Israeli-American relationship, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said of US President Barack Obama's nomination of Hagel to the defense secretary position.

"[Hagel] has also been a supporter of the broad sanctions regime which the president has put in place against Iran - an unprecedented regime," Carney said.

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