ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Tillerson in Egypt at start of Mideast tour (sans Israel)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Egypt at the start of a five-nation tour that coincides with heightened regional tension, as well as unease over the Trump administration’s Mideast policies.

In Egypt, as well as in Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon and Jordan — the tour’s other stops — Tillerson will almost certainly hear misgivings about US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, The move angered Washington’s Arab allies and undermined the chances of a timely resumption of long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

He will not be visiting Israel on the trip.

— with AP

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