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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Israeli National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with Israeli National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen at the White House in advance of President Obama’s meeting next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Ambassador Rice expressed her condolences over the deaths and injuries of Israelis in recent terrorist attacks, and reiterated the United States’ deep and enduring commitment to Israel’s security. The two discussed the range of threats that Israel faces, and the ways that the United States can continue to help ensure Israel’s ability to defend itself.  The two also previewed the President and the Prime Minister’s discussions on the region, Israel’s security, and steps to de-escalate current Israeli-Palestinian tensions and meaningfully advance the goal of a two-state solution.