WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States expects the next Israeli government to end nearly 50 years of occupation and clear the way for a Palestinian state, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told Jewish Americans on Monday. To cheers from the liberal Jewish group J Street, McDonough vowed to safeguard Israel and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s abandonment of a Palestinian state in the run-up to his re-election on March 17. Netanyahu is working to form Israel’s next coalition government. One of President Barack Obama’s closest advisers, McDonoughsaid a separate state is the best guarantee of Israel’s long-term security.

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