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Israel Prime Minister downplaying talk of tension with U.S.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israel's prime minister and U.S. officials have been trying today to lower tensions between the two countries.

Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking in Washington, said any reports of the demise of U.S.-Israeli relations are "not only premature, they're just wrong."

Still, he made clear that he would not hold back in criticizing the U.S.-led nuclear negotiations with Iran. He says President Barack Obama does not -- and can not -- understand Israel's vital security concerns.

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