Panetta meeting Israeli officials amid Iran nuclear tensions
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, pictured here on July 31, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt, is on a weeklong trip to the Middle East and North Africa.
August 1st, 2012
05:09 AM ET

Panetta meeting Israeli officials amid Iran nuclear tensions

By Jethro Mullen

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met his Israeli counterpart on Wednesday just days after presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Jerusalem and pledged to support any measures to keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

"The defense ties between Israel and the United States are stronger and tighter than they have ever been," Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister, said at the meeting with Panetta in Tel Aviv.

The visit is part of Panetta's weeklong trip to the Middle East and North Africa. He will meet with President Shimon Peres later Wednesday.

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  13. PaxHominibus

    Barak is right. Ties have never been stronger, they NOW have Romney AND Panetta offering support. That doesn't mean they PREFER Obama!
    Actually Israel would rather have Mel Gibson as President – at least he's honest about the way he feels about Jews – UNLIKE Obama!

    Notice the difference between the reporting on a LIBERAL site?
    Panetta ............positive but no different to Romney's visit
    Romney............negative in the extreme for saying the same things???????

    I understand that Democrat supporters NEED CNN to tell them what they think and when to think it ......but really???

    August 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
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  15. 66th Strategic Command & Operations Unit.

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      August 1, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
      • Sodomite

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        August 1, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  16. saeed

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    • Brian

      you know nothing of the Irish fighting against the British you fu*cking half wit, were on the side of the good, we fought the British/English for nearly 1000 years, our land was stolen, we were in slaved, raped, robbed, to this day were under occupation by the British army, we would not get involved in world war 2, why should we, who helped us when there was genocide taking place in Ireland, your a fu*king rotten dope that needs a good slapping, ignorant uneducated fool.

      August 11, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply

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