Gates: US-Israel security ties closer than ever

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday said that security ties between Washington and Israel are closer than they have ever been, Israel Radio reported. Gates made the comments prior to a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Caesarea.
Gates stated that Israel and the United States face a challenging and volatile region that allows for new opportunities.
The US defense secretary met with President Shimon Peres on Thursday and said that the United States is very concerned with the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.