Meeting finalizes new Israel defense agreement

A meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon at Israel's defense quarters, the Kirya, on April 22 finalized an agreement for the U.S. to offer Israel new defense materials.

"These decisions underscore that military-to-military cooperation between the U.S. and Israel is stronger than ever," Hagel said. "And that defense cooperation will only continue to deepen in the future."

Included in this agreement is an array of new technology, some of which has not been previously offered to another country by the U.S. The agreement also went over extra security funding which would run through 2017.

"Minister Yaalon and I agreed that the United States will make available to Israel a set of advanced new military capabilities, ... including antiradiation missiles and advanced radars for its fleet of fighter jets, KC-135 refueling aircraft, and most significantly, the V-22 Osprey, which the U.S. has not released to any other nation," Hagel said.

Yaalon said he sees the commitment the U.S. is showing and is deeply grateful for the new equipment.

Israel has been an ally of the U.S. since its inception. It has received defense aid from the U.S. for many years.