URGENT ¥¥¥ Obama: US to mull extend Israel aid deal beyond 2017

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said Israel and the United States are to "begin discussions" on extending US military aid to Israel beyond 2017 on his first visit to the Jewish state since taking over the White House.

Speaking at a joint new conference in Jerusalem, Obama said that despite a budget crunch in Washington there would be no interruption to funding of Israel's vaunted Iron Dome anti-missile system.