Ahead of Netanyahu Arrival, White House Publishes 'Five Facts You Need to Know About U.S.-Israel Relations Under Obama'

Article posted by on official website says 'American engagement with Israel has grown and strengthened to an unprecedented degree.'

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President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, file photo, 2014.
President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, file photo, 2014.Credit: AP

Just as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to begin his three-day visit to the United States, during which he will deliver a controversial speech to a joint session of both houses of Congress but will not meet with senior administration officials, the White House published Sunday a 700-word article on its official website, detailing the 'five things you need to know about the U.S.-Israel relationship under President Obama.'

Netanyahu is due to address Congress on Tuesday, in what he described before leaving for Washington as 'a fateful, even historic, mission.' The prime minister will also address the annual conference of pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

The Israeli leader is expected to use his speech to urge Congress to approve new sanctions against Iran despite Obama's pledge to veto such legislation because it would jeopardize nuclear talks.

By accepting an invitation from the Republican Party to address Congress, Netanyahu infuriated the Obama administration, which said it was not told of the speech before plans were made public in an apparent breach of protocol.

According to the article, which was posted by National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan, 'American engagement with Israel has grown and strengthened to an unprecedented degree' under Obama.

The White House article lists 'five key facts' about the relationship between the two countries under Obama, saying that the president 'has strengthened Israel's defense in concrete and unprecedented ways,' has been a strong ally for the Jewish state on the international stage, has 'supported Israel in its quest for peace with its neighbors,' has ensures a 'strong and robust' commercial relationship between the two countries has approved the investment of millions of dollars in helping Israeli immigrants.

The article ends with a call on readers to 'Share this information with everyone who needs to know.'

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