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  7/30/2012, Av 11, 5772

Panetta Begins ‘Don’t Worry' Trip in Middle East

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta flies to Israel this week after starting a week-long Middle East trip in Tunisia with optimism that Syrian President Bashar Assad will fall. Coming on the tail of Mitt Romney’s headline-making visit to Israel, Panetta spoke optimistically on Israel, insisting that “the U.S.-Israel defense relationship…is stronger today than it has been in the past,” a remark that contradicts a message in Romney’s campaign that the Obama administration has been less than kind to Israel.