JTA: State Department official: US and Israel are best friends forever

A State Department official just compared the U.S.-Israel alliance to her relationship with a BFF from junior high. Really.

But first, a little background.

Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, is on a Middle East tour this week. His stops include Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Egypt. One of his main topics is Israeli-Palestinian peace. Another is the Syrian civil war, which over the weekend drew Israel into a fight against Iranian-Syrian forces.

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