Secretary of State John Kerry hugs National Security Adviser Susan Rice after she spoke during the closing session of the Countering Violent Extremism Summit, Washington, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The strain between the U.S. and Israel deepened Wednesday as top advisers to President Barack Obama sharply rebuked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress as "destructive" and challenged his judgment on the Iran nuclear negotiations.Rice's and Kerry's statements were among the Obama administration's toughest public criticism of Netanyahu's speech.The invitation and Netanyahu's plans to speak have aggravated many Democrats in Congress, more than a half-dozen of whom have said they would skip the session.
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