Obama, Netanyahu to meet Oct. 1

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet next week in Washington.

Obama’s Oct. 1 White House meeting with Netanyahu, announced Monday, will come after a series of meetings Obama will have with world leaders in New York at the United Nations General Assembly.

A focus of Obama’s at the General Assembly will the effort the United States is leading to crush the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a terrorist group grabbing swaths of land in those countries.

Netanyahu is focused, however, on nuclear talks between the major powers and Iran.

He and other top Israeli officials have said repeatedly that a nuclear Iran poses a greater threat to the Middle East than ISIS.