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        2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

      Kerry to Skip Israel on Mideast Trip


      US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit nine countries in Europe and the Middle East starting Sunday as he undertakes his first foreign trip as top diplomat, the State Department said Tuesday. However, he will be skipping Israel this time, the State Department said, in order to give Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu an opportunity to form a new government, AFP reported.