Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon: "We prefer a diplomatic solution of the Iranian nuclear controversy although, as Barack Obama has said “Israel has the right to self-defense.” Ya’alon addressed a joint press conference with visiting US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Tel Aviv Monday. The Secretary stressed that the military cooperation between the US and Israel is stronger than ever. “We agreed that the US would supply Israel with the missiles for guaranteeing its superiority and even improving its capabilities for generations to come and able to stand up to threats.
On arrival in Israel, Hagel said the $10 bn arms deals for Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UA are “a very clear signal” to Iran that military options remain on the table over its nuclear program. "The bottom line is that Iran is a threat, a real threat," he said “and must be prevented from developing that capacity to build a nuclear weapon and deliver it.” The arms deal includes KC-135 aerial refueling tankers, anti-air defense missiles and tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey troop transport planes for Israel, and 25 F-16 Fighting Falcon jets to the UAE.