Leon Panetta

Hagel Out; 'True Friend Of Israel'

Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense two years ago was met with considerable angst on the part of many friends of Israel. His resignation today was met with regret, especially at the Israeli Defense Ministry.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon called him "a true friend of Israel" who made "large and significant" contributions to the two nations' security ties. 

That's a far cry from the initial response to nomination of the maverick former Republican senator from Nebraska. 

Republicans Block Vote On Hagel

02/14/2013 - 19:00

Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.

In a party-line vote Thursday, Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and clear the way for a final vote on Hagel's nomination. The vote was 58-40.

White House: Obama Did Not Discuss Bunker Bombs With Bibi

03/10/2012 - 19:00

The White House denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran.

"In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached," the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said at a press briefing Thursday.

Panetta: U.S. Will Act On Iran If Necessary

03/05/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON  —The United States will act against Iran if all efforts to end its suspected nuclear weapons program fail, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

“Military action is the last alternative when all else fails,” he said Tuesday, the last day of the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “But make no mistake, if all else fails, we will act.”

Panetta’s pledge was the most explicit by an Obama administration official warning of military action.

Iran Bluster On Campaign Trail Distorts Complex Issue

Rhetoric, reality and the Jewish vote in ‘12 campaign.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In a presidential race even more devoid of foreign policy debate than usual, Iran and its alleged nuclear quest appear to be the exception. Republican contenders are outdoing each other with hints of military action to prevent the Islamic republic from crossing the nuclear threshold, and President Barack Obama promised in last week’s State of the Union address that “I will take no options off the table” in dealing with Iran.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. getty images

Panetta: It Would Take Iran One Year To Make Nuclear Bomb

01/29/2012 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said it would take Iran approximately one year to build a nuclear bomb.

"The consensus is that if they decided to do it, it would probably take them about a year to be able to produce a bomb and then possibly another one to two years in order to put it on a deliverable vehicle of some sort in order to deliver that weapon,” Panetta said in an interview that aired Sunday on the CBS show “60 Minutes.”

Panetta to Israelis and Palestinians: 'Get To The Damn Table'

12/03/2011 - 19:00

U.S. Secretary of State Leon Panetta called on Israelis and Palestinians to “get to the damn table” and resume peace negotiations.

"We've Got Your Back," Panetta Tells Israel

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Israel this week to deliver some critical messages -- we've got your back covered so don't be afraid to make peace, and don't attack Iran.

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