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    Obama: Israel Can Expect Extended Military Funding

    President Barack Obama, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, during his arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave President Obama a warm welcome at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Thursday, saying the alliances between the countries “is deeply appreciated.” “Let me be clear, Israel remains fully committed to peace and the solution of two states for two people,” Netanyahu continued. “We extend our hands in peace and friendship to the Palestinian people. Let us sit down at the negotiating table.” Obama praised the effectiveness of Israel’s Iron Dome and promised extended financial assistance from the United States to make sure that “Israel can defend itself by itself against any threat.” President Obama also said the U.S. “will do whatever necessary to prevent Iran from getting the world’s worst weapons.”

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