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WASHINGTON – In a bid to ease soaring tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America's leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference.
The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee will announce Thursday that the Obama administration has confirmed that national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power will speak to its conference this weekend. That's according to people familiar with the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement.
U.S. officials had floated the idea of sending a non-Cabinet level official to show displeasure with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress in which he will argue against an Iran deal.