President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday, June 1.
The invitation to Netanyahu was made personally earlier today by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who is in Israel for his son’s bar mitzvah.
“On behalf of the President I am happy to extend an invitation to visit President Obama in the White House for a working meeting to discuss our shared security interests” – meaning Iran’s nuclear program – “as well as our close co-operation in achieving peace between Israel and its neighbors," Emanuel told the prime minister.
Netanyahu was already planning on being in the neighborhood. He is scheduled to be in Toronto, Canada, for the annual Walk With Israel parade on Sunday. On Monday he will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor noted that President Obama “looks forward” to a visit from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “in the near future. We’re just working out timing.”
After a chilly meeting between Obama and Netanyahu at the White House on March 23, Obama administration officials have recently made splashy attempts to reaffirm the US-Israel relationship.