Barak and Biden Meet in Washington
Defense Minister Ehud Barak met in Washington on Monday with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
A statement from Barak’s office indicated that the two discussed regional issues and common challenges facing Israel and the United States.
The meeting between Biden and Barak took place after Biden addressed the 2013 AIPAC policy conference.
In his speech, Biden said that the Obama administration has been better for Israel than the last eight administrations.
“We've stood shoulder to shoulder over the past 40 years defending the legitimate interests of Israel,” Biden told an enthusiastic audience, “but no administration, no President has done as much to physically secure the State of Israel as Barack Obama,” Biden said. In the midst of what Biden called “the Great Recession,” the U.S. has upped its aid to Israel, providing $1.3 billion in military aid in 2012.
Barak addressed the conference on Sunday night, warning that when Israel says all options are on the table regarding stopping the Iranian nuclear program, it means what it says.
On Tuesday Barak will meet new U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. The two are expected to discuss the Iranian issue.