Hagel reassures Jewish leaders on Iran positionSubmitted by kindredobserver on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 20:50
Nominee for defense secretary says he's on board with Obama's posture on Iran, need to maintain Israel's military edge.
In a meeting with Jewish leaders, Chuck Hagel, US President Obama's defense secretary nominee, affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge.
"[Sen. Hagel] discussed his commitment to the US-Israel relationship, including his determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge, and to sustaining the Obama administration’s unprecedented security cooperation with Israel," a statement Tuesday from Hagel's office said. "He appreciated the opportunity to have a constructive, informed and wide-ranging discussion."
A four-sentence statement Monday issued by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations described the January 18 meeting as "an important opportunity for a serious and thorough discussion of key issues of importance to all of us."