President Barack Obama will likely hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in early November, the White House said on Friday, their first meeting since U.S.-led diplomacy resulted in an Iran nuclear deal that Israel adamantly opposed.
Efforts to arrange a White House visit by Netanyahu appear aimed at easing tensions between Washington and Israel now that Obama’s Democrats in the U.S. Senate have blocked a Republican bid to derail the Iran deal.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the exact date for the meeting was still being finalized but that it would probably be in early November.
“It’s an indication that despite our well-known differences on even some key issues, the bond between the United States and Israel, when it comes to our security relationship, is unshakeable,” he told reporters at the daily White House briefing.
Earnest said the talks with Netanyahu would include a discussion on deepening U.S.-Israeli security cooperation.