Netanyahu moves to soothe U.S. allies

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington for a series of talks with U.S. officials on escalating tensions in the Middle East.

Netanyahu’s visit Monday comes at a difficult period in U.S.-Israel relations, aggravated by Israel’s announcement of plans for 1,600 Jewish homes in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of a future state.

The announcement coincided with a peace-brokering mission to Israel by U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden. The timing of the news threw peace talks into doubt and set off Palestinian protests in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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