Hagel and Ya'alon discuss Iran, Syria

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon met on Friday at the Pentagon, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The visit was Ya'alon's first official visit to Washington since he took office earlier this spring. Hagel and Ya'alon discussed the threat Iran poses to Israel and the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime.

"The leaders discussed the elections occurring today in Iran," George Little, the press secretary for the Pentagon, said. "They reaffirmed that the United States and Israel will continue to work together to counter threats posed by Iran and remain prepared for a range of contingencies. Secretary Hagel and Minister Ya'alon also discussed the ongoing violence in Syria and condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. Both noted the complexities of the situation and resolved to remain in close contact and continue to share information to support the defense of Israel."

The U.S. flew Ya'alon to the Pentagon in an MV-22 from Marine Corps Base Quantico. Hagel announced the U.S. would make the aircraft available to Israel as part of an unprecedented package of advance military capabilities.

Ya'alon and his delegation were able to view some of the unique capabilities of the aircraft. Israel plans to incorporate the MV-22 into the country's future military plans.

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