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Panetta meets Israeli leaders amid reports of splits on striking Iran

Hand Shake - Laura Glover

Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, is meeting political leaders and security officials in Israel, as the country's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, insisted he would take a decision about whether or when to attack Iran's nuclear facilities amid reports that the Israeli military is opposed to such a move.

Mitt Romney 'providence' comments in Israel outrage Palestinians

Mitt Romney Points Down

Palestinian leaders expressed offence and outrage at comments by Mitt Romney during his lightning visit to Israel, in which he said the Jewish state's economic success compared with its Palestinian neighbours was due to "cultural" differences and the "hand of providence", and declared Jerusalem to be "the capital of Israel".