Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon met US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this during an international security conference. The two discussed cooperation between Israel and the US, as well as recent developments in the Middle East.
While Ya’alon caused waves last month when he called US Secretary of State John Kerry “obsessive” and “messianic” in trying to force a peace deal on Israel with the Palestinian Authority (PA), his tone was much more conciliatory Saturday.
“The United States is the greatest friend of Israel, and our appreciation of the US is deep,” Ya’alon told Hagel. “We have shared values, interests and a deep connection that overcomes differences of opinion, when there are such differences.”
The comments come after Ya’alon said in mid-January that “the only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel peace prize and leave us alone.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.