Security talk during Hagel trip to Israel takes a Nebraska turn

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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — In an apparent effort to highlight their country's vulnerability in a dangerous part of the world, Israeli officials on Monday chose a point of geographic comparison that would be especially familiar to visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

They distributed informational packets noting, “the State of Nebraska is nine times (the size of) the state of Israel,” while providing Hagel with a helicopter tour over northern Israel.

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