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US-Israel military cooperation continues despite Ya'alon's insults

Despite repeated insulting remarks for the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon against the US, Washington will continue military operations with Tel Aviv.

Ya'alon has refused to meet US demands for him to apologise openly for his remarks.

However, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was personally insulted, has decided to dispatch his Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller to Israel.

Israeli sources noted that the US-Israeli relations were not affected by the insulting remarks uttered by Ya'alon, which were repeated several times within a few months.

A statement by the US State Department said Gottemoeller is travelling to Israel to meet Israeli military officials and discuss many issues with them.

"Gottemoeller will meet with Israeli counterparts, including several military leaders," the statement said. "Gottemoeller will discuss regional security issues, arms control and non-proliferation policy, as well as missile defence cooperation and export control matters."

The statement added: "Gottemoeller will head the US delegation to the 43rd Joint Political Military Group, one of several long-standing bilateral security discussions. She will also receive field briefings regarding how the Israeli government addresses its current security challenges."

Gottemoeller will arrive in Israel after attending meetings at the Third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands. She will meet the Cypriot president after leaving Israel.

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