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U.S., Israel Close Many Gaps In Defence Aid Talks, Hope For Deal Soon

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Israel have closed many of the remaining gaps in negotiations over a new multibillion-dollar military aid package for Washington’s top Middle East ally, and the two sides hope to reach a final deal soon, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Three days of talks ended on Wednesday, and Jacob Nagel, acting head of Israel’s national security council and leader of his country’s negotiating team, then met with U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice.

Tense, drawn-out negotiations over the new 10-year agreement have underscored continuing friction between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over last year’s U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s arch-foe.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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