Israeli PM Netanyahu to meet with US President Obama on 01 June
(WJC)–Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to the US to meet with President Obama on 01 June and discuss security issues.
An invitation to meet with the US President was delivered by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who is touring Israel on the occasion of his son’s bar mitzvah. Obama “has asked me to extend an invitation to you to come visit him at the White House for a work meeting to discuss both our shared security interests as well as our close cooperation in seeking peace between Israel and its neighbors,” the White House chief of staff said Wednesday in a meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Netanyahu will already be in North America next week to meet with Canadian government officials.
The meeting comes after the renewal of proximity talks with Palestinians. Obama’s last meeting with Netanyahu, in March, ended inconclusively. It came amid tensions between the two governments over Israel’s building in eastern Jerusalem. Since then the White House has endeavored to smooth tensions, maintaining its opposition to settlement building but emphasizing areas where it is working closely with Israel, such as in missile defense.
Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress.