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Panetta: We May Have to Use Force Against Iran

Panetta: We May Have to Use Force Against Iran

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense cautions the Obama administration this week about engaging in endless negotiations with Iran.Elad Benari, 03/11/2013 05:49
Barak, Panetta Meet at the Pentagon

Barak, Panetta Meet at the Pentagon

Defense Minister Ehud Barak talks about Syria and Iran with Pentagon chief Leon Panetta.Elad Benari, 13/02/2013 06:14
Panetta Admits Supporting Arming Syrian Rebels

Panetta Admits Supporting Arming Syrian Rebels

Obama's two top defense officials tell Senate they supported a plan to provide weapons to the Syrian rebels.Elad Benari, 08/02/2013 03:44
Egypt: Sinai Won't Be Used to Threaten Israel

Egypt: Sinai Won't Be Used to Threaten Israel

US secretary of defense Leon Panetta spoke to Egyptian counterpart, who affirmed Egypt's commitment to maintaining peace treaty with Israel.Rachel Hirshfeld , 06/02/2013 18:00
Confirmed: Panetta to Testify on Benghazi

Confirmed: Panetta to Testify on Benghazi

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will testify before the Senate on Benghazi attack, in a move that may lift one obstacle to Hagel confirmationRachel Hirshfeld , 01/02/2013 11:23
Graham: 'Hagel Blocked Until Panetta Testifies'

Graham: 'Hagel Blocked Until Panetta Testifies'

Sen. Graham said he'll block Hagel’s confirmation hearings until outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testifies on Benghazi attacks.Rachel Hirshfeld , 30/01/2013 19:15
End to US Miliary Ban on Women in Combat

End to US Miliary Ban on Women in Combat

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the official military ban on women in combat.Chana Ya'ar, 24/01/2013 16:52
Panetta: US Has to Fight Back After Algeria Attack

Panetta: US Has to Fight Back After Algeria Attack

America has "got to fight back," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday, referring to terrorist attack in Algeria.Rachel Hirshfeld, 22/01/2013 16:22
US Asks Turkey, Jordan to Watch Chemical Weapons

US Asks Turkey, Jordan to Watch Chemical Weapons

The United States has quietly asked Turkey and Jordan to keep an eye on Syria’s chemical weaponry, and possibly step in to manage them.Chana Ya'ar, 17/01/2013 16:08
Panetta: U.S. Focused on Securing Syrian Chemicals

Panetta: U.S. Focused on Securing Syrian Chemicals

The U.S. is increasingly focused on how to secure Syria's chemical weapons if Assad falls from power, says Defense Secretary.Elad Benari, 11/01/2013 05:45
Obama Touts Hagel as 'Patriot'

Obama Touts Hagel as 'Patriot'

President Obama defended former Sen. Chuck Hagel's record on Sunday, rebuffing attacks on the potential nominee for defense secretary.Rachel Hirshfeld , 31/12/2012 02:47
Sen. Lieberman: ‘Serious Questions’ on Hagel

Sen. Lieberman: ‘Serious Questions’ on Hagel

Sen. Lieberman joined in the chorus of opposition to potential appointment of former Sen. Hagel as Secretary of Defense.Rachel Hirshfeld, 24/12/2012 03:46
Panetta: Assad Considering Using Chemical Weapons

Panetta: Assad Considering Using Chemical Weapons

The U.S. has intelligence that causes "serious concerns" that Assad will use chemical weapons on rebels, says Panetta.Elad Benari, 07/12/2012 06:12
Panetta: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

Panetta: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, reaffirms that Israel has the right to defend itself.Elad Benari, 16/11/2012 05:42
Pentagon: Libya Rumor 'Absolutely False'

Pentagon: Libya Rumor 'Absolutely False'

US military officials denied claims that head of US Africa Command Gen. Carter Ham may have been fired due to response over Benghazi attack.Rachel Hirshfeld, 30/10/2012 14:24
No Reliable Intelligence During Benghazi Attack

No Reliable Intelligence During Benghazi Attack

Panetta: U.S. military leaders ruled out sending in forces during the attack in Benghazi because of a lack of reliable intelligence.Elad Benari, 26/10/2012 05:45
U.S. Preparing For Soft War With Iran

U.S. Preparing For Soft War With Iran

U.S. to beef up cyber security, concerned about possible Iranian computer viruses. Scott Krane, 16/10/2012 17:44
Pentagon to Beef Up Cyber Security

Pentagon to Beef Up Cyber Security

U.S. authorities are holding that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for recent cyber attacks.Scott Krane, 05/10/2012 06:42
Panetta: Syria Has Moved Some Chemical Weapons

Panetta: Syria Has Moved Some Chemical Weapons

Panetta: The Syrian regime has moved some chemical weapons but the main storage sites for remain secure.Elad Benari, Canada, 28/09/2012 23:00
Panetta: No Plans to Bolster Forces in Middle East

Panetta: No Plans to Bolster Forces in Middle East

U.S. military has no major plans to bolster its forces in the Middle East despite violent protests targeting diplomatic outposts.Elad Benari, Canada, 16/09/2012 22:56
US Positioning Forces in Response to Violence

US Positioning Forces in Response to Violence

The U.S. military is positioning troops in as many as 18 locations in the Middle East that the Pentagon is “paying particular attention to.”Rachel Hirshfeld, 16/09/2012 09:03
Panetta: Red Lines Are Political Arguments

Panetta: Red Lines Are Political Arguments

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sides with Obama, reject Israel's demand of "red lines" for Iran.Elad Benari, 16/09/2012 05:17
Panetta: US Will Have One Year to Stop Iran

Panetta: US Will Have One Year to Stop Iran

U.S. will have about a year to respond to Iran should the regime decide to build a nuclear weapon, said US Secretary of Defense Leon PanettaRachel Hirshfeld , 11/09/2012 19:11
US ‘Responds’ to Iran with Second Warship in Gulf

US ‘Responds’ to Iran with Second Warship in Gulf

“When the world calls, we have to respond,” says US defense chief Panetta as the second American aircraft carrier heads for the Gulf. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 29/08/2012 10:37
US ‘Assures Israel’ By Helping Egypt in Sinai

US ‘Assures Israel’ By Helping Egypt in Sinai

The US is offering Egypt intelligence systems to help it combat terror in the Sinai and to “assure Israel” as Morsi warms up to Iran. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 21/08/2012 09:14
Dempsey, Panetta Play Down Israeli Strike in Iran

Dempsey, Panetta Play Down Israeli Strike in Iran

General Dempsey says an Israeli strike won't destroy Iran's nukes, as Panetta says he believes Israel hasn't yet decided to attack.Elad Benari, 15/08/2012 01:03
Panetta’s Visit Sealed F-35 Jet Sale to Israel

Panetta’s Visit Sealed F-35 Jet Sale to Israel

The Pentagon approved Israeli electronic warfare equipment for the F-35 stealth fighter jet, whose wings will be built by Israel.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 05/08/2012 12:19
Panetta to Netanyahu: No Nukes for Iran

Panetta to Netanyahu: No Nukes for Iran

US Secy of Defense Leon Panetta assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu America will block Iran from “ever acquiring a nuclear weapon.” Chana Ya'ar, 01/08/2012 17:36
Barak Tells Panetta Israel Will Decide on Iran

Barak Tells Panetta Israel Will Decide on Iran

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has informed US Defense Secy Leon Panetta that Israel will make its own decisions on how to deal with Iran.Chana Ya'ar, 01/08/2012 15:12
Panetta’s Visit Angers Israeli Motorists

Panetta’s Visit Angers Israeli Motorists

Panetta tried to calm Israeli leaders, but his motorcade infuriated motorists, stuck on roads turned into Israel’s largest parking lots. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 01/08/2012 13:08
Egyptian President's First Letter to Israel

Egyptian President's First Letter to Israel

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi writes his first letter to his Israeli counterpart, responding to one sent by President Shimon Peres. Chana Ya'ar, 31/07/2012 22:05
Panetta Begins ‘Don’t Worry' Trip in Middle East

Panetta Begins ‘Don’t Worry' Trip in Middle East

Panetta flies to Israel this week after starting a trip in Tunisia with optimism: Assad will fall; US and Israel have “great cooperation.” Tzvi Ben Gedalayahu, 30/07/2012 15:25
Panetta to Visit Egypt and Israel Next Week

Panetta to Visit Egypt and Israel Next Week

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will meet Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi and also stop for a visit in Israel.Elad Benari, 27/07/2012 04:42
Peres to Panetta: Iran Striving for Islamic Empire

Peres to Panetta: Iran Striving for Islamic Empire

The world must not let Iran take control of the Middle East, Peres told U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday. “Iran is lying.” Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/06/2012 08:12
Panetta Defends Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Panetta Defends Drone Strikes in Pakistan

US Secretary of Defense says drone strikes in Pakistan won't be halted despite Islamabad's protestsGabe Kahn, 06/06/2012 22:17
Barak Tells Visiting Senators Iran Drags its Feet

Barak Tells Visiting Senators Iran Drags its Feet

Iran is trying to deceive the world while dragging its feet, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told visiting U.S. Senators Monday. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 29/05/2012 07:11
U.S. Approves $70 Million in Iron Dome Aid

U.S. Approves $70 Million in Iron Dome Aid

Defense Minister Ehud Barak meets U.S. counterpart in Washington, says defense relations were never strongerGil Ronen, 17/05/2012 22:02
Panetta: Al-Qaeda Active In Syria

Panetta: Al-Qaeda Active In Syria

US secretary of defense Leon Panetta says intelligence indicates Al-Qaeda is targeting the Syrian regimeGabe Kahn, 11/05/2012 14:41
'Obama Was Not In Charge of Bin  Laden Raid'

'Obama Was Not In Charge of Bin Laden Raid'

The memo, written by Leon Panetta noted that, "the timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven's hands."Rachel Hirshfeld, 29/04/2012 15:42
Panetta: I Hope Gantz is Correct on Iran

Panetta: I Hope Gantz is Correct on Iran

U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta says he hopes statements from Israel's military chief on Iran's leadership are “correct.”Elad Benari, 27/04/2012 04:14
Panetta Honors Holocaust Victims at the Pentagon

Panetta Honors Holocaust Victims at the Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, attend ceremony in honor of Yom Hashoah at the Pentagon.Elad Benari, 20/04/2012 05:14
Panetta Seeks to Defuse Afghan Tensions

Panetta Seeks to Defuse Afghan Tensions

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made a personal appearance in Afghanistan to ease tensions after a US soldier murdered 16.Gabe Kahn., 14/03/2012 17:56
U.S. Preparing Options for Strike on Iran

U.S. Preparing Options for Strike on Iran

Panetta confirms the Pentagon is preparing options for striking Iran, says an American attack would be more effective than an Israeli one.Elad Benari, 09/03/2012 04:16
Panetta on Iran: 'We Will Act If We Have To'

Panetta on Iran: 'We Will Act If We Have To'

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told AIPAC the US would use military force to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.Gabe Kahn., 06/03/2012 18:16
Barak, Panetta Hold 'Useful' Meeting in Washington

Barak, Panetta Hold 'Useful' Meeting in Washington

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meet in Washington, talk about Iran.Elad Benari, 01/03/2012 06:12
Panetta: Israel Hasn't Decided Yet on Iran Strike

Panetta: Israel Hasn't Decided Yet on Iran Strike

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he doesn't think Israel has made a decision to launch a military strike on Iran.Elad Benari, 15/02/2012 05:44
Obama Interview an Indicator of Policy on Iran?

Obama Interview an Indicator of Policy on Iran?

With regards to Israel and Iran, is ambiguity the policy in the United States?Rachel Hirshfeld, 07/02/2012 01:13
U.S. 'Worries Israel is about to Strike Iran'

U.S. 'Worries Israel is about to Strike Iran'

Post's Ignatius: Netanyahu doesn’t want to leave the fate of Israel dependent on American action.Gil Ronen, 02/02/2012 22:14
Panetta: Iran Could Develop Bomb Within a Year

Panetta: Iran Could Develop Bomb Within a Year

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta: Iran could develop a nuclear bomb within a year, but the U.S. will do anything to stop it.Elad Benari, 30/01/2012 07:13
Panetta: We Have Some Ideas Who Was Behind Killing

Panetta: We Have Some Ideas Who Was Behind Killing

U.S. Defense Secretary: We have “some ideas” as to who was behind the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran.Elad Benari, 13/01/2012 07:15
US Officials 'Shocked' by Corpse Desecration Tape

US Officials 'Shocked' by Corpse Desecration Tape

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta condemned a video of US marines relieving themselves on dead Taliban fighters, vowed to take action.Gabe Kahn., 12/01/2012 18:00
Panetta: Iran Strike Could Impact World Economy

Panetta: Iran Strike Could Impact World Economy

U.S. Defense Secretary ahead of meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak: An attack on Iran could impact world economy.Elad Benari, 18/11/2011 08:29
Panetta: Iran Strike Could Have Consequences

Panetta: Iran Strike Could Have Consequences

U.S. Defense Secretary warns that military action against Iran could have unintended consequences, says it should be last resort.Elad Benari, 11/11/2011 04:15
Cairo Demands Israel Free 81 Prisoners for Grapel

Cairo Demands Israel Free 81 Prisoners for Grapel

Cairo is demanding that Israel free 81 Egyptian prisoners in exchange for the freedom of Ilan Grapel, a dual national accused of "spying."Chana Ya'ar, 09/10/2011 15:34
Panetta: U.S. is Committed to Israel's Security

Panetta: U.S. is Committed to Israel's Security

PM Netanyahu meets with United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in Jerusalem.Elad Benari, 04/10/2011 02:14
Panetta Warns: Israel is Becoming 'Isolated'

Panetta Warns: Israel is Becoming 'Isolated'

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated, calls on it to renew peace negotiations.Elad Benari , 03/10/2011 05:45
US Defense Chief: ‘Arab Spring’ to Sweep Iran

US Defense Chief: ‘Arab Spring’ to Sweep Iran

It is only a matter of time before the Arab Spring overthrows the Iranian regime, according to US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 07/09/2011 10:45