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Hagel Talks Gaza Crisis with Israeli Defense Minister

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:53:52 +0000

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Friday to offer American assistance in negotiating a peaceful end to the crisis in Gaza.

Hagel said that he made clear that the U.S. wants "to do everything we can to help stop what's going on and encourage all sides to not escalate, to not let these hostilities get more out of control than they are." He also reiterated that the U.S. would be willing to play the role in negotiations.

When asked whether an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, a possibility not denied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, would complicate United States involvement, Hagel declined to comment.

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