U.S. envoy to U.N. heading to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, will visit Israel.

Rice, who has Cabinet status in the Obama administration, is traveling to attend next week’s "Facing Tomorrow" conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres. The conference focuses on international political, cultural and economic trends.

Rice’s visit comes at a time when Israeli-Palestinian ties are at a standstill and some Israeli figures are clamoring for an address from President Obama or one of his senior Cabinet members.

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