U.S. reaffirms commitment to Israel's security

08:59, April 22, 2010      

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There is "no space" between the United States and Israel on the Jewish state's security, National Security Adviser James Jones said on Wednesday, adding that the U.S. commitment to Israel will endure.

"Everyone must know that there is no space, no space, between the United States and Israel when it comes to Israel's security. Our commitment to Israel's security is unshakable. It is as strong as ever," Jones told a gathering at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

According to Jones, President Barack Obama's top security adviser, the administration believes that the two-state solution, namely a secure Jewish state living side by side in peace and security with a viable and independent Palestinian state, is in the interests of the United States, Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab countries and the international community.

Those who deny Israel's legitimacy must know that the State of Israel "will not go away," said Jones.

"This President and this Administration understands very well the environment, regionally and internationally, in which Israel and the United States must operate. We understand very well that for peace and stability in the Middle East, Israel must be secure, " said Jones.

"The United States will never waver in defense of Israeli's security," he stressed.

Jones' remarks came amid tensions between the two long-time allies.

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