November 5th, 2013 13:16 EST
Israel Will Buy 6 Osprey Aircraft, Chuck Hagel Announces
By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
Calling Israel`s self-defense capabilities and its qualitative military edge central to both Israel and U.S. security interests, " Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced tonight that Israel will buy six V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for its air force.
Hagel made the announcement during his keynote address at the 100th annual Anti-Defamation League meeting in New York.
Israel will get six V-22s out of the next order to go on the assembly line, and they will be compatible with other [Israeli defense force] capabilities, " he said. The Israeli and American defense relationship is stronger than ever. "
With Afghanistan -- the second of America`s two longest wars -- winding down, Hagel said, we continue to face a complicated and volatile world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Middle East, where the United States and our allies are facing an unprecedented set of complex challenges. "
For Israel, the secretary noted, progress with one neighbor tends to bring new threats from other directions. There are no margins for Israel, " he said.
One challenge that threatens U.S. and Israeli security interests is preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Hagel said.
Iran is a state sponsor of terror, responsible for spreading hatred and extremism throughout the region, " the secretary said. But foreign policy is not a zero-sum game. If we can find ways to resolve disputes peacefully, we are wise to explore them. "
Ridding the world of hatred takes more than just work, imagination and songs, Hagel told his audience; it also demands commitment, sacrifice, and courage.
It demands that we must continue to march our armies of tolerance, equality, and justice around the globe. " Hagel said. And it demands that we remember the timeless questions of Rabbi Hillel: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?` "
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