JERUSALEM (AP) — A prominent member of the U.S. Senate said Tuesday Israel should not worry about President Obama's choice for U.S. defense secretary.
Nelson, who will serve on the armed services committee of the new Senate, said he met with senior Israeli intelligence officials Tuesday to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
He said he also discussed Hagel's nomination with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said the prime minister did not voice objections to Hagel.
Nelson took issue with comments this week by his colleague Rand Paul. During a visit to Israel, the Republican senator from Kentucky called for an end to foreign aid, even to allies like Israel. Nelson said U.S. aid to Israel, about $3 billion a year, would continue.