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Israel worries over losing US friendship

26 October 2014, 09:35

Jerusalem - A top Israeli minister says there is a "crisis" in the country's relations with the US that must be fixed.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid's comments on Saturday came a day after US officials said the Obama administration refused Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's requests to meet several top national security aides.

The White House and the State Department rejected Israeli proposals for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry on his five-day trip to the US.

The administration is still miffed over negative comments Yaalon made about Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Lapid said "there is a crisis with the United States" and added that the relationship "must be managed respectfully and responsibly".

- AP


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