Netanyahu Cancels Trip to DC for Nuke Summit

Apr 8, 2010 6:47pm

ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a trip to Washington next week where he was to attend President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit, an Israeli official tells ABC News. The official could not say why Netanyahu decided not to come at the last minute, but Reuters reports that the Israelis were upset upon learning that Egypt and Turkey planned to raise the issue of Israel’s officially unacknowledged nuclear weapons program. Earlier this week the White House confirmed that Netanyahu was among 47 world leaders who would be attending the meeting, during which Obama hopes to gain assurances from countries they will tamp down on loose nuclear material and work to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons technology. Obama and Netanyahu were not scheduled to meet next week, but they met just two weeks ago when the prime minister was in town to address the annual policy conference of influential pro-Israel lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. That visit came at a time of heightened tension between the United States and Israel over an announcement of new Jewish housing construction in East Jerusalem just as indirect peace talks with Palestinians were about to begin – and just as Vice President Joe Biden was arriving in Israel for meetings with officials to reaffirm the two countries’ close ties. The US now wants Israel to take steps towards the Palestinians so that peace can talks can soon resume. While those negotiations are being haggled out behind closed doors, US officials say there’s been no agreement

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