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Hagel: US-Israel Weapons Deal a ‘Clear Signal’ to Iran

Hawaii Reporter – by VOA News

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says a major U.S. arms deal with Israel sends a “very clear signal” to Iran that military action could be used to stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Hagel made the comment to reporters on Sunday, as he flew to Israel to finalize the sale of advanced U.S. weapons including missiles designed to destroy enemy air defenses, aerial refueling tankers and troop transport planes.  

Israel could use those weapons to attack the Iranian nuclear program, which the Jewish state says is aimed at making weapons that threaten its existence. Iran insists that its nuclear program is peaceful.

When a reporter asked Hagel if the U.S.-Israeli arms deal indicates that either of the two allies could use a military option against the Iranian program, he said “I don’t think there is any question that is another very clear signal to Iran.”

Hagel said there is no “daylight” (disagreement) between the United States and Israel about their goal of preventing Iran from being nuclear-armed. But, he acknowledged that there may be “some differences” about the timing of any action “when and if” Iran decides to build a nuclear bomb.

Hagel reiterated the U.S. position that Israel has a right to defend and protect itself against threats. He also said there is still time for diplomacy and international sanctions to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute peacefully.

Hagel began his first trip to Israel since becoming U.S. defense secretary this year with a Sunday ceremony at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. He described the Holocaust as a painful reality and said the world must prepare “future generations for a clear understanding” that they must “never allow it to happen again.”

Hagel is due to meet Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalaon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the coming days before traveling to four other U.S. regional allies: Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

During those visits, Hagel is expected to finalize two more U.S. arms sales, including advanced missiles for Saudi Arabia and F-16 fighter jets for the UAE. The total value of the U.S. weapons deals with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE is about $10 billion.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/hagel-us-israel-weapons-deal-a-clear-signal-to-iran/

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2 Responses to Hagel: US-Israel Weapons Deal a ‘Clear Signal’ to Iran

  1. Alberet says:

    “Judeo-Christian” is an OXYMORON. WAR-God vs PEACE-God. The Old Testament followers worship a WAR GOD and spend their lives hating, reliving every imagined slight, and dreaming of VENGENCE ….. “NEVER FORGIVE and NEVER FORGET” …. they still go on about Egypt and Babylon after MILLENIA. New Testament followers (are supposed to) worship a loving, forgiving God, and to CLOSE the Old Testament, as it has been FULLFILLED by the Crucifixion of Jesus. If you are following the OLD Testament you ARE NOT and CANNOT be a CHRISTian.
    Any Christian allying with Israel/Zionism is actually Judas kissing the cheek of Christ just as treasonously as Judas Iscariot in the Garden, selling your Christian Brothers to the Temple Priests.
    “ANTI-Christ” does not get any greater then to CRUCIFY HIM, send agents (Saul of Tarsus and many others) to kill his followers, and then instigate POGROMS against the early Christians. Judaism IS the ANTI-Christ. Jews absolutely despise Christ, calling him the bastard son of a Prostitute. Research the Jewish view of Jesus Christ. The Roman historian Dio Cassius said in the 2nd century A.D. that the Jews killed 220,000 Greeks in Cyrene and 240,000 in Cyprus.
    The ESSENCE of Judaism is vengence. The ESSENCE of CHRISTianity is forgiveness. Never the two can meet.

  2. Brandon says:

    We’re knocking on the door of the sixth trump… Daniel 8 folks.

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