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White House: No new peace plan on Israel trip


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama won't be unveiling a specific new peace proposal when he visits Israel this spring.

The White House announced Tuesday that Obama would travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, raising the possibility the U.S. would launch a new push to revive the stalled peace process.

But White House spokesman Jay Carney says that's not the purpose of the trip. He says Obama's visit is timed to coincide with the start of new terms for Obama and for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said Obama would bring an "urgent" agenda to Israel that includes the situations in Syria and Iran. The visit will be Obama's first as president to Israel.


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