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Keeping Israeli cabinet minister at a arm's length ... conflicts with re-election ambition in rightwing America.

US pushes back on White House invite claim as PM seen trying to raise visit's profile | TOI - Aug. 8, 2023 |

The Biden administration on Wednesday doubled down on its pushback against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's persistent claim that US President Joe Biden has invited him to the White House, an apparent effort to raise the meeting's profile.

"We still anticipate that the president will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu sometime in the latter part of this year in the fall, and [that] it'll be somewhere in the United States," White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said in response to a question on the matter during a phone briefing with reporters.

The answer further pointed to a possible meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's high-level week in September, which both Netanyahu and Biden plan to attend. However, such a meeting would be one of many the US president will hold that week and ostensibly be lower profile than the Oval Office photo-op that the Israeli premier likely envisions as he seeks to boost his diplomatic bona fides that have taken a hit due to his far-right coalition partners.

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After the leaders spoke on July 17, Netanyahu's office issued a readout saying that Biden had invited him to meet in the US. The White House readout made no mention of an invitation and a source familiar with the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Netanyahu was the one who raised the idea of a meeting on the call and that Biden merely responded that he'd be willing to do so but that no further details were discussed.

Two US newspapers of quite some repute showing pro-Israel bias ... publication date July 17

  • Biden Invites Netanyahu to United States, Easing Tensions | The New York Times |
  • Biden invites Netanyahu to meet in U.S. amid rift over judicial changes | Washington Post |


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 08:04:45 PM EST
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