Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in Washington to meet US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next Tuesday, March 5. A US official said: “The secretary is honored that Minister Barak will be the first foreign counterpart he will host at the Pentagon,” adding the two had known each other for more than a decade.” He said their discussions would include Iran. DEBKAfile: The Hagel-Barak meeting coincides with the opening of Syrian government-opposition talks in Moscow that day.