White House: Obama, Netanyahu to Discuss Two-state Solution 'In Face of Deeply Troubling Trends'

Israeli prime minister to meet U.S. president on Wednesday on UN General Assembly sidelines, where they will also discuss implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.

"The meeting between the president and prime minister will afford them an opportunity to discuss the stalwart ties between the United States and Israel, as recently underscored by the finalization of our new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding with Israel, the single largest pledge of military assistance in U.S. history," according to a White House statement.

"The meeting also will be an opportunity to discuss the need for genuine advancement of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the face of deeply troubling trends on the ground," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

"Additionally, the leaders are likely to discuss continued implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and other regional security issues," Earnest added.

According to the Prime Minister's Bureau, Netanyahu will personally thank Obama for the recently signed military aid agreement, adding that Netanyahu will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Middle East.

Earlier Sunday, Haaretz published that the White House and Prime Minister’s Office were looking for a way to coordinate a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the United States this week.

Senior Israeli and U.S. officials involved in these efforts believed the meeting would indeed take place, but scheduling constraints on both leaders set the meeting for New York on Wednesday, alongside the UN General Assembly meeting.

The Obama-Netanyahu meeting will be the last between the two leaders before Obama leaves the White House next January. The meeting, which will apparently be shorter than earlier ones, will be the first between the two men since they met at the White House in November 2015. In the last 10 months, the two leaders have not met or spoken by phone.

Since their first meeting in May 2009, almost every meeting between the two leaders has been fraught with tension, suspicion and negative media headlines. In this respect, however, the upcoming meeting may be an exception.