US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday the relationship between the United States and Israel is "stronger than any time in history."
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Awarding Defense Minister Ehud Barak the US Department of Defense's highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award at the Pentagon, Panetta said the strong relationship between the countries was "based on our relationship and based on the assistance that we are providing."
Panneta added the relationship is grounded on shared values and an "ironclad commitment" to Israel's security. He stated this topic was the focus of discussions between the defense ministers on Thursday.