New US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with his Israeli
counterpart on Tuesday, expressing strong support for Israeli missile
and rocket defense systems despite fiscal uncertainty caused by
across-the-board spending cuts.
"Secretary Hagel is committed to
working with members of Congress to ensure that there is no interruption
of funding for Iron Dome, Arrow, and David's Sling rocket and missile
defense systems," a US defense official said.
two-hour-long talks with Israel's Ehud Barak represented his first
face-to-face meeting with a foreign counterpart since he took over the
Pentagon on February 27.
The two discussed the main security issues facing the Middle East today, foremost among them, Iran.
During the talks, Barak stressed the importance of continuing to develop the special relations between the Israeli defense community and the Pentagon.
Barak wished Hagel success in his new role, adding that he was sure he would continue to serve the American people as he has done throughout his entire public life.