Barack Obama will shortly name CIA Director Leon Panetta as the new Secretary of Defense, replacing outgoing Secretary Robert Gates. General David Petraeus will then take over for Panetta as CIA director.
A new report released Tuesday provides the clearest evidence yet that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. In Israel, that has many speculating the country may act militarily, and unilaterally, to push back the Iranian program.
In a recent speech, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged the Israelis to restart the stalled Palestinian peace process and engage proactively with its neighbors. The country has become increasingly isolated, diplomatically, in its region.