A consultant on U.S./Israel relations spoke in Wichita Falls as part of the final MSU Artist-Lecture series of the academic year.
Retired Israeli Ambassador Yoram Ettinger spoke Tuesday night about the current relationship between the two countries and the middle east. Ettinger shared various assessments on U.S. and Israel national security with the audience.
He believes the threat of a nuclear Iran has been misinterpreted as targeting primarily Israel and the United States should do its utmost to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear. He also says in more recent times, Israel has been able to provide more intelligence to the U.S. about the situation in the middle east.
In 2013, Ettinger believes the relationship between the two countries will grow in light of mutual threats, joint interest and shared value.
"Especially so between Texas and Israel. Two countries of the Lone Star. The Lone Star State and the state of the Lone Star of David. Two states which believe in independence of action, in the can do mentality and in defiance of jagged edge of nature," Ettinger said.
Ettinger also talked about concerns of Chuck Hagel's confirmation as the new Secretary of Defense, saying Hagel's track record shows he's refused to see Iran as rogue or a terrorist regime.
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