The White House announced on Wednesday that U.S. President Barack Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on November 9. This will be the first time the two leaders meet in over a year, and a chance to ease the tensions between the two brought on by substantial differences over the Iran nuclear deal.
In a statement, the White House said Obama seeks to discuss with Netanyahu the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran that is meant to "prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," as well as ways to counter "Tehran's destabilizing activities" in the Middle East. According to the White House, another issue Obama wishes to bring up at the meeting is the relations between Israel and the Palestinians, the situation in the Gaza Strip and "the need for the genuine advancement of a two-state solution."
The White House spokesman added that "Netanyahu's visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel as well as the unprecedented security cooperation, including our close consultations to further enhance Israel's security."
Netanyahu will most likely arrive in Washington on November 8. During his visit, he is scheduled to speak at the Jewish Federations of North America's annual conference. Before meeting Obama, Netanyahu will meet in two weeks' time with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
In mid-October, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon will visit Washington and meet with his American counterpart Ashton Carter.
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