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Defense Secretary Hagel's Visit

  • By : Brian Bush
  • April 19, 2013
  • 6:38 pm

Hi All,

We're are all watching anxiously while the situation outside of Boston unfolds.

May God grant protection to the authorities and the innocent.

We are also remembering those folks in Texas after that terrible tragedy there.

This weekend we are having a visit from US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

You may have seen that there is a huge military arms deal coming here to the Middle East.

It involves Israel, who will be the first to receive some advance technology items to keep it's qualitative edge.

The other big recipients are the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates.

All three countries are of course worried about Iran and it's potential for going nuclear – and this military aid offers a deterrent against aggression.

Secretary Hagel will hold meetings with President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and other top brass of the Israeli Armed forces.

His discussions are being described as working meetings on diplomacy and security working

This means he will discuss the major security and diplomatic issues in the region.

On the agenda will be the Iranian nuclear program, the ongoing situation in Syria, the security of Syrian Chemical weapons, the Arab Spring fallout, instability in the Sinai, the Lebanese border, and of course the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Seems like a lot of ground to cover… and Israel will of course put forth other issues regarding it's security.

Mr. Hagel was preceded by Secretary of State John Kerry – who himself was preceded by President Obama – all within one month's time.

That is a definite indicator that things are afoot – most likely on the issue of Iran.

Israel's new head of the IDF, Benny Gantz, has said a few times this past week that Israel has the ability to strike Iran on it's own.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has also reiterated that Iran is moving closer to his now famous 'Red Line' – made at his UN General Assembly speech.

America does not want Israel to carry out a military operation against Iran – and the Israelis may well be upping the pressure upon the US to take greater steps.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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