White House national security adviser to visit Israel in May

WASHINGTON Wed Mar 5, 2014 9:53pm EST

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice looks up during a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia September 5, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice looks up during a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia September 5, 2013 file photo.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice will visit Israel in May as head of a U.S. delegation consulting on a range of issues involving the two countries, the White House said on Wednesday.

"Coming out of the very productive consultations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama during their bilateral meeting this week, President Obama has asked National Security Advisor Susan Rice to travel to Israel in May to lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday for discussions on a pair of sensitive diplomatic issues that have stoked tensions between them.

Netanyahu told Obama during the meeting he would never compromise on Israel's security even as the U.S. president assured him Washington remained committed to preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and called on Israel and the Palestinians to compromise to reach a U.S.-brokered peace framework.

It will be Rice's first visit to Israel as national security adviser.

(Writing by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh and Ken Wills)

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Comments (2)
Was Nentanyahu involved with the operation in Israel of murdering 37 American Officers and Enlisted Men and 170 wounded when Israel ordered the USS Liberty War Vessel strafed, bombed, torpedoed only 20 years after the United States voted to create the Nation of Israel during the 6 day war in 1967?

Mar 06, 2014 1:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
Eric.Klein wrote:
Strange that she is to be coming only after Abbas will declare the negotiations over and without result.

1justmyopinion: Bibi was probably still just returned from living in the USA and was in training when the USS Liberty was mistakenly attacked.

Mar 06, 2014 5:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
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