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."
Michael D. Shear
May 26, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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