Hagel to Arrive in Israel on Saturday, to Discuss Iran and Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary also to visit Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE; on the agenda - Syria, Iran and closer regional cooperation.

Amir Oren
Amir Oren
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Amir Oren
Amir Oren

United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will arrive in the Middle East on Saturday night for a week-long visit that will include Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday.

Hagel will begin his regional swing in Israel, where he will meet with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. The purpose of the visit, according to the Pentagon, is to "further the close military-to-military relationship between the United States and Israel." The statement went on to say that the visit is a follow-up to the three-day visit here last month by President Barack Obama and the announcement that the two countries will negotiate a new 10-year procurement deal. Hagel will also discuss "regional challenges including those presented by Iran and Syria."

Thereafter, Hagel will move on to Jordan, where he will discuss the situation in Syria and Jordanian-American cooperation ahead of various possible scenarios.

Last week, the outgoing commander of the head of the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Admiral James Stavridis visited Israel and met with top military leaders. In addition to seeking to shore up the recent rapprochement between Israel and Turkey, Stavridis said the purpose of his visit to Israel was to cement NATO's ties with Jerusalem.

Chuck Hagel Credit: Reuters

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN


Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza strip, on Sunday.

Gazans Are Tired of Pointless Wars and Destruction, and Hamas Listens to Them

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage