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Clinton In Israel For Tough Talks, After Hostile Sendoff From Egyptian Protesters

AL-MASRY AL-YOUM (Egypt), HAARETZ (Israel), THEJERUSALEM POST (Israel)

Worldcrunch

JERUSALEM - On the tail end of a tricky Asian and Middle East tour, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel for a 24-hour visit that will include talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a thorny array of issues: the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Iran and the new leadership in Egypt,

Clinton flew to Israel from Egypt, where she held talks over the weekend with new President Mohamed Morsi, a former Muslim Brotherhood member, who told her Egypt would respect its international treaties –including a peace treaty with Israel, Cairo daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reports.

Clinton's visit to Egypt was not without troubles: upon her departure on Sunday, protesters hurled tomatoes and shoes at her motorcade – although neither Clinton nor her vehicle were hit by the projectiles.

Arriving in Israel, Clinton told President Shimon Peres that the transformations that the Middle East were undergoing required "friends like us to think together and act together," Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reports.

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is also due to arrive in Jerusalem next week to conduct talks on Iran's nuclear program, and the deteriorating situation in Syria, according to Israel's oldest daily newspaper Haaretz.

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

Photo of a sunset over the USS Nimitz with a man guiding fighter jets ready for takeoff

U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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