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Reid to Clinton: ‘Reduce tension with Israel’

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April 27, 2010 | 10:19 am

The U.S. Senate majority leader has called on Hillary Clinton to “reduce recent tensions with Israel.”

In a letter sent April 23 to the U.S. secretary of state, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also called on Clinton to work with the Congress to complete action on Iran sanctions legislation and for the United States to support direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I strongly believe that our relationship with Israel makes the United States more secure,” Reid wrote. “We cooperate on critical intelligence matters, work together on weapons systems, and rely on Israel as our ally in a volatile part of the world.”

Reid also expressed concern about the threat Iran’s nuclear weapons program poses, saying that “I think congressional action can further our mutual goal to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons activities.”

“We are at a decisive moment both with Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations; it is at such moments that U.S. leadership is crucial to ensure the security of Israel,” the letter said.

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