Tags: Israel | Middle East | chuck hagel | secretary of defense | resignation | Israel

Israelis Worried About Chuck Hagel's Pentagon Exit

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 06:22 PM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement that he was leaving his Obama administration Cabinet post was unexpected, and officials in Israel are disappointed to see him go.

Hagel, who announced his resignation Monday during a White House press conference with President Barack Obama, was a strong ally of Israel. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon wrote in a statement posted to his Facebook page that Hagel "is a true friend of Israel."

Ya'alon's post continued: "His dedication to ensuring Israel's security has been unwavering. The United States is Israel's closest friend and strategic ally. Under the leadership of Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Department of Defense has consistently displayed its commitment to Israel's security.

"On behalf of the Government of Israel and the State of Israel, I hereby extend our tremendous gratitude to Secretary Hagel for his contribution to Israel's security, his friendship and willingness to help at all times. I wish our friend Chuck continued success. For us, he will always remain a true friend."

Hagel, a Republican, has served as secretary of defense since January 2013. The U.S. military gives Israel about $3 billion in defense grants every year, which Israel typically uses to purchase U.S. products.

Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Israel are chilly at the moment, and the temperature between the two nations dropped when Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry would not meet with Ya'alon during a visit to Washington last month. But the Middle Eastern country's relationship with Hagel is quite good.

Hagel represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate from 1997-2009.

Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said the 68-year-old Hagel grew "very, very frustrated" with Obama and his policies, and said he was forced out.

"Already the White House people are leaking, 'Well, he wasn't up to the job," said McCain, the incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Believe me, he was up to the job.

"He was very frustrated. We have no strategy to combat [the Islamic State], we have no way of helping the Ukrainians, we refuse to give them weapons to defend themselves, we watch the turmoil in the Far East with the Chinese asserting themselves, we see a lack of U.S. influence unlike — unknown in history."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement that he was leaving his Obama administration Cabinet post was unexpected, and officials in Israel are disappointed to see him go.
chuck hagel, secretary of defense, resignation, Israel
372
2014-22-25
Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 06:22 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved