Netanyahu to meet with Trump in March


President Donald Trump, right, meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sept. 18, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Donald Trump next month when he is in Washington to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

“The President has a tremendous relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu and looks forward to meeting with him,” a White House official said Friday.

AIPAC earlier in the day announced that Netanyahu would speak at its annual March 4-6 policy conference in Washington. Also speaking is Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The meeting will come after what appeared to be the first serious rift between the Trump and Netanyahu governments. Netanyahu stated earlier this month that the Trump administration was ready to greenlight Israel’s annexation of some settlements, but the Trump administration promptly and forcefully denied the claim. Trump recently said he disapproved of the extent of settlement expansion in the West Bank.

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The Trump administration has indicated that its proposal to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks will be released soon, although it has not set a date.

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