Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon spoke on the phone with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel late Wednesday night. The two discussed on-going events and developments in the region, as well as the stories dominating the media in recent days.
During the conversation, Ya'alon chose to clarify the remarks which have topped headlines and generated copy: "My remarks had no defiance or criticism or intention to hurt the United States or its relations with Israel. The strategic relationship between the two countries is of utmost importance, as are the personal relations and common interests." (Attila Somfalvi)