White House: Obama and Netanyahu will Meet in November

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will likely visit the White House in early November to meet with President Barack Obama, the White House said Friday, according to The Hill.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters he expects Obama and Netanyahu to meet "sometime in early November,” but said a final date has not been set.

The meeting would mark the leaders’ first face-to-face encounter since the July finalization of the Iran nuclear deal, which Netanyahu has fiercely criticized.

The president spoke to Netanyahu by phone after the deal was reached and after the prime minister won reelection in March.

Earnest said those conversations represent the “depth of this president’s commitment to strengthening that security relationship,” according to The Hill.

He added the two leaders would likely discuss a new 10-year agreement on U.S.-Israel security cooperation.

“We do think this meeting between the president and the prime minister and other meetings that will occur in the weeks and months ahead will include a discussion about deepening the security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel,” Earnest said.

Netanyahu’s fierce opposition to the Iran deal strained the ties between the countries, but American officials have in recent days toned down their criticism of Netanyahu’s opposition to the deal.

Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Netanyahu last weekend to discuss Iran and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Israel's security.

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden met American Jewish leaders ahead of the High Holy Days, telling them the United States wants to meet with Israel to discuss how it can ensure Israel's military advantage over its enemies.

Biden told his guests the U.S. was "fully, thoroughly prepared" to sit down with Israel's intelligence and defense community to ask a simple question: "What do you need?"

And Obama himself held a phone call with American rabbis on Thursday, in which he indicated that security talks with Israel had resumed and he hoped to meet with Netanyahu by early next month.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200612

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