Netanyahu: U.S. Vice President Biden May Visit Israel

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 21, 2016. Photo by Haim Zach / GPO *** Local Caption *** ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נפגש עם סגן נשיא ארה"ב Joe Biden בדאבוס
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (L.) meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Jan. 21. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says staffers for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden are arriving in Israel ahead of Biden’s possible visit to the country.

At a Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu cited media reports that Biden was considering visiting Israel in the coming days. He said Biden’s staff is landing in Israel Sunday, but dates for a visit have not been set.

Last month, Biden met Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland shortly after the U.S. lifted sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal. The U.S. has sought to soften Israel’s concerns on the deal through discussions about a new long-term agreement on U.S. military aid for Israel.

Biden’s last visit to Israel sparked a diplomatic spat with Washington in 2010, when Israel announced settlement construction plans during Biden’s visit.

The White House had no comment.