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Netanyahu Meets with U.S. Officials to Smooth Relations

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Benjamin Netanyahu held a series of meetings last week with top-ranking U.S. diplomats in an effort to ease the strain in American-Israeli relations.

The tension followed the U.S. vote Jan. 5 for a Security Council resolution requesting Israel not to deport Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

According to an Israeli official here, Netanyahu and top U.S. officials in the State Department and the United Nations delegation discussed “how to ease the tension and repair the impression as if there is a break in American-Israeli relations.”

In a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar Thursday, Netanyahu warned that the “frequent” convening of the Security Council to criticize Israel can only increase tension and worsen the situation.

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