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05/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

White House Advisers On Israel: Bond Remains Strong, 'Friends Can Disagree'

WASHINGTON - Top advisers to President Barack Obama say the relationship between the U.S. and Israel remains strong despite sometimes blunt talk and disagreements between the two countries.

David Axelrod tells CNN's "State of the Union" that Israel is a close and valued friend of the United States. He says there's an unshakable bond but that sometimes blunt talk is part of friendship.

Axelrod says the peace process is essential to Israel's security and the administration is doing all it can to move that process forward.

Meanwhile, senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett tells ABC's "This Week" that friends like Israel and the United States can disagree without incurring damage.

"The United States is a strong and ardent ally of Israel. The fact of the matter is that friends can disagree."

"I think what's important is that world leaders are able to sit down with one another, have frank conversations and move forward," Jarrett said on the program.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in the last week that he thought some progress had been made in defusing an unusually public spat with the U.S. over new Israeli housing in east Jerusalem.

Jarrett says Netanyahu should have no doubt about Obama's commitment to Israel's security.

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