US Vice President Joe Biden to visit Israel next week

US Vice President Joe Biden will arrive in Israel on March 8 for a two-day visit, Israel's government said Wednesday, with talks expected to include defense aid and Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Talks between Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may also include the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Israel and the United States have been seeking to move past deep disagreement over the Iran nuclear accord, which Netanyahu strongly opposed, and work out a new 10-year defense aid package for Israel.

This will probably be the last official trip by a top-level official in the Obama administration to Israel. The Vice President's last visit, in 2010, was marred by the simultaneous announcement that new residences would be built in the haredi neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, in northern Jerusalem.

Now, the US is pressuring Israel to stop building for Jews in "sensitive" parts of the capital. "We don’t want another neighborhood in Jerusalem to be called ‘Ramot Biden,'" a high-ranking official told NRG.


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