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Netanyahu: Iran Responsible for IDF Ambush

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for Wednesday's ambush of an IDF patrol. The attack left two Israeli soldiers dead, seven wounded and northern Israel on edge.

"Whoever is behind this attack will pay the full price," Netanyahu said. "For some time, Iran, via Hezbollah, has been trying to establish an additional terrorist front against us from the Golan Heights. We are taking strong and responsible action against this attempt."

Deficit will take a dip before soaring to new heights

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The federal budget deficit will fall to a six-year “low” of $468 billion in 2015, before resuming an upward climb that will take the federal debt to record heights.

The numbers are the latest from the Congressional Budget Office, which had predicted a somewhat larger 2015 deficit of $483 billion. The 2008 financial crisis led to the highest deficit as a percentage of the economy on record since World War II — in 2009 it was $1.4 trillion.

Retaliation? White House Won't Meet with Netanyahu

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Neither President Barack Obama nor Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits the United States in March.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama wants to avoid the appearance of endorsing Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections.

But some see it as retaliation because Earnest also said Israel violated protocol by not planning the trip directly with the White House.