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Netanyahu Downplays U.S.-Israel Tensions, Praises ‘Indispensable Alliance’

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressing the Saban Forum. Photo: Screenshot.

Ynet – WASHINGTON – A day after US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry outlined a possible accord between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the remarks in a video broadcast to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy conference.

Netanyahu stressed that “Israel and the United States form an indispensible alliance,” noting cooperation on diplomacy and thanked the Obama administration for its intense mediation efforts. However, he insisted Israel must have all the tools to “protect itself, by itself” in case any accord with the Palestinians unravels.

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