By Justin Sink - 04/09/13 12:04 PM EDT
The White House would not confirm that report on Monday.
"I think what is true is simply what the president has long said and others have long said, which is that we discourage actively both sides from taking unilateral action that makes it more difficult to come together to negotiate over the issues that divide them, and to negotiate in a way that can bring them to peace," White House press secretary Jay Carney said. "That has long been the case, and I can absolutely confirm that the president repeated that message to both parties — that unilateral actions are not helpful to moving towards peace."
Hagel is also expected to discuss American funding of Israeli military defense systems, including a missile defense system deployed in the Gaza Strip.