The invitation comes after Obama met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier this week. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also expected to eventually meet with Obama as well. The Middle East is an important foreign policy issue for the US right now, with indirect Israel-Palestinian peace talks up and running, current American efforts to place new sanctions on Iran over their nuclear program and recent discussions regarding weapons transfers between Syria and Lebanese terror group Hizbullah.
The meeting between Netanyahu and Obama will likely be held in better circumstances than the last meeting between the two leaders, thanks to the aforementioned Israel-Palestinian peace talks and Obama’s efforts to reach out to Jewish American leaders. The March 23 meeting, by contrast, followed harsh American criticism of Israel for construction in East Jerusalem. This time around, Emanuel told Netanyahu, “The entire Administration, and the President particularly, looks forward to your visit.”
Posted on May 27, 2010
Source: Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, May 26, 2010
Photo Credit: The Media Line
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