Obama-Netanyahu meeting set for March 5
February 20, 2012 5 Comments
By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, Feb. 20 – President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet March 5 in Washington, the JTA reports.
The meeting is expected to focus primarily on how to deal with Iran, whose efforts to acquire a nuclear weapon are leading to speculation of future military action. Netanyahu will be speaking at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on the same day.
There have been a recent flurry of visits between high-level Israeli and American officials. Obama’s national security adviser concluded a three-day visit to Israel today where he met with Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other Israeli leaders to discuss Iran, Syria and other regional security issues.
The White House said National Security Advisor Tom Donilon’s trip was the “latest in a series of regular, high-level consultations between the United States and Israel consistent with our strong bilateral partnership, and part of our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”
Last month Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, visited Israel. Next week U.S. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper is expected to visit with Israeli officials in Jerusalem.
Obama and Netanyahu last met in New York on September 21, 2011 during the United Nations General Assembly.