US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon Friday, praising his Israeli counterpart for the Wednesday seizure of an Iranian arms ship by the IDF. The two defense chiefs agreed to meet face-to-face in the near future.
During the conversation, Ya'alon said: "This was a highly-successful operation which is a result of long-term, layered intelligence-gathering effort and the great skill of IDF soldiers. This has shown, again, the true Iranian intents. Iran continues to train, fund, and arm terrorist elements; this discovery was just further proof." (Yoav Zitun)