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U.S. Defense Secretary Warns Of Israeli Isolation

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East and said U.S. security commitments should enable it to take "risks for peace."

Panetta, who arrives in Israel on October 3 for the first time since becoming Pentagon chief, said he would reaffirm U.S. security commitments to Israel and try to help it improve its increasingly chilly relations with Turkey and Egypt.

Panetta's visit to the Middle East will also include meetings with Palestinian and Egyptian leaders.

compiled from agency reports