Hagel to Visit Israel

Hope nobody in Israel was paying attention to that Chuck Hagel confirmation hearing, or else things might be awkward. The secretary of Defense will visit Israel April 21–23, an Israeli official told Reuters on Tuesday. Hagel’s visit is meant to show the U.S.’s support of Israel as the country faces an increased nuclear threat from Iran. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is currently in Israel, and President Obama visited the country last month.