Former Afghanistan commander named special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace process

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Allen retired last month after 37 years in the Marines. He was investigated in the scandal that toppled former CIA Director David Petraeus after emails between him and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley were made public but was cleared of wrongdoing.

He visited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli defense officials last week and was briefed on their security demands as part of any deal with the Palestinians, according to Haaretz.

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