Panetta to Barak: Israel is an important ally to the US

Defense Minister Ehud Barak held his first working meeting with new US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta during a trip to Washington Thursday. During the meeting, Panetta told the defense minister: "The warm personal relationship between myself and Minister Barak will only help deepen the warm security relations between the two countries."
Israel, Panetta said, "is a very important ally to the United States and we are committed to its security."