US defense secretary warns of Israeli isolation

October 3, 2011 03:03

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on Sunday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East and said US security commitments should enable it to take "risks for peace."

Panetta, who arrives in Israel on Monday for the first time since becoming Pentagon chief, said he would reaffirm US security commitments to Israel and try to help it improve its increasingly chilly relations with Turkey and Egypt.

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