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Netanyahu to visit White House

By Michael D. Shear

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will meet with President Obama at the White House next Tuesday, officials said, after an in-person invitation was extended by Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

The relationship between the U.S. and Israel has been somewhat strained in recent months after a series of clashes over the issue of Israeli settlements. But Emanuel, who is on a personal visit to Israel, met with the prime minister Wednesday and asked him to visit.

Emanuel is scheduled to meet with Israeli president Shimon Peres on Thursday.

The last time that Netanyahu came to the White House, he visited with Obama in the Oval Office but did not pose for pictures with the president or hold a joint news conference. The issue of settlements dominated the discussions between Netanyahu and White House officials during that visit.

Earlier, Obama was described as angry when a surprise Israeli announcement of new settlements was made just as Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the region.

Update: White House officials made no official announcement Wednesday about a visit from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but assistant White House press secretary Tommy Vietor said that "the President looks forward to a visit from President Abbas in the near future. We're just working out timing."

By Michael D. Shear  |  May 26, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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Britain was given the Mandate to set up a homeland for the Jewish people in September 1922. The name 'Palestine' is not Arabic. The Jersualem Post launched in 1932 was originally The Palestine Post. The British Government report to the League of Nations in 1938 states 'Palestine is not a state it is a geographical area' Jewish rights to Palestine were internationally agreed in 1925 and although the Israelis have only a fraction of the land originally allocated as the mandated Jewish land, still the world powers try to force the State of Israel to give up more. There has never been an Arab state in Palestine. Political rights to self determination as a polity for Arabs were guaranteed in four other mandates - Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Trans-Jordan (later Jordan). We need to learn the lessons of history. The Jews have 22,000 sq kilometres of land - the Arabs 1.2 million - and much of that flowing with oil. Political leaders should study the past to find answers for the present.

Posted by: szkiler | May 30, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Gee, how odd that other small countries get similar amounts of U.S. aid, and none of the scrutiny. Somehow, Israel is supposed to be a sovereign country, but should let others dictate their domestic policy. As for this idea that Israel is a poor, uneducated country, I suggest you investigate what inventions you use every day that come from Israel/Israelis. This obsession with Israel in nothing other than an acceptable form of anti-Semitism, despite the token Jews involved.

Posted by: caraskc | May 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This time they will discuss who is the leader of 308 million people in the world’s super-state and who is the leader of a fractious coalition that represents just barely 7 million people in a state dependent on handouts.

Reason being that there has recently been some misconception in certain quarters where a reversal of roles had been envisaged. However, that misunderstanding has now been cleared and the supplicant can once again come begging for alms and arms.

Posted by: coldale | May 26, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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