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05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

U.S., Israel Seek To Defuse Tensions

President Shimon Peres called the United States "a true friend" on Wednesday and said that both Israel and the U.S. want to ease the recent tensions between the two nations.

"We have deep respect for [U.S.] parliamentary and executive institutions, led by President Obama," Peres told a group of high school students in Holon. "We want these relations and are interested in returning them to their regular, positive state."

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