Biden, seeking to ease US-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes

April 24, 2015 3:23 AM

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Biden, seeking to ease US-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel’s security.

Addressing an Israeli Independence Day celebration in Washington, Biden insisted that Barack Obama “has Israel’s back,” despite a recent strains between the U.S. president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks and Middle East diplomacy.

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