Iran, Syria Top Panetta's Agenda in Jerusalem Visit

(AP-Washington Post) U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Israel on Tuesday after meeting with Egypt's new president and its military chief. Panetta said his talks in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak will be "more about what is the threat we are confronting" in Iran's nuclear program and about sharing intelligence information. Netanyahu told Israeli Channel 2 TV on Tuesday, "I see an ayatollah regime that declares what it has championed: to destroy us....It's working to destroy us, it's preparing nuclear weapons to destroy us....If it is up to me, I won't let that happen." With "matters that have to do with our destiny, with our very existence, we do not put our faith in the hands of others, even our best of friends."

2012-08-01 00:00:00

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