Photo of the Day: Nov. 30, 2012 (Panetta, Barak Hug it Out Edition)

US Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta(Rt) presents Israel's Minister of Defense Ehud Barak with the US Medal for Distinguished Public Service November 29, 2012, inside the Pentagon in Washington,DC. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mere days after announcing that he would be retiring from politics, Israel’s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak visited the Pentagon Nov. 29.  Despite the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, as well as drama at the U.N. surrounding Palestine’s newly increased status in the body, the two men enjoyed a day of discussion, possibly tinged with a hint of bromance.  More photos after the break

Hugs weren't limited to the podium, as the two embraced upon Barak's arrival. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

The two seemed to escape the awkward "after hug" male moment unskathed. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Barak receives the US Medal for Distinguished Public Service, as well as a glowing stare. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The US Medal for Distinguished Public Service (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

The two stopped for lunch. Apparently the cookies weren't very good. (DoD)

 

 

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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