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Romney, Obama defend Israel stances

TV interviews are prelude to three debates

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney criticized President Obama in remarks broadcast Sunday for refusing to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, during this week’s UN General Assembly meeting, saying it sends a message that the administration is distancing itself from a key Middle East ally.

‘’I think the exact opposite approach is what’s necessary,’’ Romney said on the CBS News program ‘‘60 Minutes’’ on Sunday evening.

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